The “first world problem” meme pokes fun at the issues we in the first world face that those in the third world would kill to have. Examples include “My dinner got cold because I couldn’t find something to watch on Netflix quick enough,” “I bought a coffee but I forgot to swipe my loyalty card and I had to pay full price,” and “My wrist is sore from opening Christmas presents.”
Have you ever noticed that most of what today’s so-called “social justice warriors” bemoan are all first world problems? From issues ranging from “manspreading” to “sexist air conditioning” and “racist cafeteria food,” I can’t help but notice that we’re running out of injustices to complain about.
Here’s just the latest “problem” we face: the Oscars are too white. The hashtag #OscarsSoWhite was spawned to draw attention to the pressing social issue.
After no black actors were nominated for Oscars this year, the black president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences described herself as “frustrated by the lack of inclusion,” because apparently diversity is more important than merit. If these liberals are going to complain about the Oscars being too white are they going to boycott the next Democratic debate?
As is the case with most issues (especially racial ones), facts aren’t on the side of our activist friends. One user on the controversial message board 4Chan actually bothered to look at Oscars awarded to actors by ethnicity over the past 20 years, and this is what he found:According to the chart, blacks represent approximately 13 percent of the U.S. population and have received 12.5% of the acting awards in the last 20 years. Apparently most Oscar recipients are white because we live in a country that’s predominately white. Who would’ve thunk?
Now that we’ve got that out of the way, I’ll be looking forward to whatever is deemed racist next. How about the NBA?
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]