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  • Morgan Henard
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    Yesterday I posted a topic regarding the lack of acknowledgement that African American actors have received by the NATAS in the Lead Comedy Actor category. I can see now it was complete ignorance on my part. I would have posted this in the actual thread but I wanted all to see (and hope the thread I originally created will be deleted). Some comments mentioned in regard to me/my post are/were:

    manilamisfit:

    I’m sorry but I find this post to be a little racist.

     

    jjjmoss: 

    I don’t see this thread as maliciously racist, but perhaps liberal-white-guilt borderline racist. 

      

    Atypical:

    This topic is pretty gross and distasteful.

     

    BenitoDelicas:

    My mind didn’t go “racist”, it just went “unbelieveable”. I’m just amazed when threads like these are created.

     

    eastwest:

    Swing and a miss, Morgan. One doesn’t have anything to do w/the other.

    FishBiscuit:

     

    I have been apart of the Gold Derby family since December 31, 2004. That’s nearly eight years now. I have steared clear of controversy and tried to remain tactful to posters even when I disagreed or felt they were out of line. Infact, I often felt badly for posters being attacked, whether it be for their overly obsessive Russell Crowe love or their wars on why Breaking Bad is a good show with a bad performance from Giancarlo Esposito.

    When the switch happened, I decided to use my real name rather than my former screenname (“AwardMadness101”) because I am, literally, trying to get my name out there. I graduated in May with a Bachelors in Theatre and a minor in Journalism. I begin a graduate program in Journalism next month and our master and commander, Tom’O, was gracious enough to write me a letter of recomendation for admittance.

    As I was prepping this thread, out loud I said, “Man…I really f***** up big time.” My face became red with an increased pulse. I truly from the bottom of my heart did not mean to bring negative feelings to any of these posters and I sincerely hope my credibility isn’t ruined at this forum that I have enjoyed logging into for eight years.

    I was born and raised in the south, an extremely racist part of our country, unfortunately. I am also gay and every day I am doing something to try to make my voice heard and raise awareness.

    And that was the point of my thread; that, simply, “Wow, the Emmys always looked over great African American funny men except Robert Guilluame.” But, clearly, I was off.

    I will carry this incident with me for the rest of my career. In one of my classes last year, an instructor said, “You will make people mad, sure, but you will one day make a big boo-boo, one that will stay with you forever and have you paranoid about submitting anything.” No doubt, that thread was the “boo-boo” (his words).

    We are smackdab in the middle of Emmy season, in between the nominations and the ceremony. We all have work to be doing and shows/nominees to be watching so we can keep our credibility as “awardsologists” and see who really is the best of the best. I am sorry that my ignorant thread distracted from that and I hope it can be forgotten.

    Sincerely,
    Morgan Henard  

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    Denis
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    You didn’t need to do that dude, fuck them if they think it’s racist, I didn’t found it to be racist at all, that was your opinion and they have do deal with it, no need for excuses seriously, we leave in a world where we all have to be open minded, those kind of reaction from the ones you posted above are ridiculous, childish and lame, shame on them, not on you right mate?

    Denis.

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    Logan
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    I’m sorry that people misjudged your thread. I saw it yesterday (didn’t enter into it), but I actually thought it was an interesting question to ask (Sasha Stone got in trouble for her remarks during the Davis/Streep race because she opined that the Academy should feel shame for having only rewarded one black actress in the Lead category). I’ve gone into it since reading the beginning of this thread, and it’s unfortunate that people are judging your musings rather than engaging them with something other than the rude comments thrown out towards the topic.

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    Denis
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    #252865

    Exactly! This is a forum of discussions, anyone can post their point of views and discuss it having people that liked it or not, now this kind of comments that the topic is disgusting or erase that! things like that is what we should look out here, those rude reactions.

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    Boidiva02
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    I didn’t see the thread, but having known you as a poster on the forum for a long time I know for certian that you are most clearly NOT A RACIST.  

    I’m sure you meant no harm and there is NO need to apologize.

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    Spenser Davis
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    You created a thread that you felt, at the time, highlighted a very glaring bias in an awards organizations’ voting patterns. I personally hate discussions like this, particularly with regards to AMPAS. But they pop up all the time. The fact that someone as dedicated to these message boards decided to initiate is not a problem. A few posters here found it racist? Great. Let’s discuss that. 

    No need for a public apology. To be perfectly honest, I think most of us overlooked the thread until this apology was posted. 

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    Tony Ruiz
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    I will admit that the original thread annoyed me, but in NO WAY did I feel that you or your intentions were racist.  So no apology necessary.  

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    BenitoDelicias
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    You didn’t have to do this, honestly.

    People think way too much and go over the top when trying to discuss people’s chances of nominations, wins or reasons why they were snubbed or could be snubbed. It happens every single year, for every single awards show. Sometimes it’s a comment, sometimes it’s an entire thread. I could go on and on about examples.

    I didn’t think it was racist mainly because I’ve seen you around here long enough to know that’s not the case, at least not on purpose. Crazier things and threads have happened and real racist things have been said around here before, so there was no need for you to apologize. There are a couple of posters around here who create threads for literally EVERYTHING that they can think of. You’re not even close to being a problem.

    And if you want to see real examples of people who should feel the need to apologize, go over to the Dark Knight Rises thread, that turned into a shitty thread thanks to a couple of people.

    You decided to quote my comment, I guess I was one of the people who got your face red, so let me tell you once again, this was in no way necessary. I never would’ve thought of asking, demanding or considered an apology for that thread. It was just a crazy topic, not racist in my book.

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    GoMe91
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    You didn’t do anything wrong. I’m black and you know what? Nowadays, when someone brings up “race” in a discussion, it’s considered racist! What really racist IMO is someone ignoring it and acting like we live in a leveled colored blind world. 

     Which is why I respect Sasha Stone…even if she does go a little too far sometimes (hehe!)

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    Laactingnyc
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    The thread was a little weird, but i can tell that you are not racist at all. Lol no appology needed 🙂 ( unless there were actually people who were offended……….lol )

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    eastwest
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    Though the thread did have me doing a head tilt, anyone who suspected racial/tacky undertones speaks more to them than you Morgan. You are one of the most positive/earnest posters here and you should keep on doing you (even though sometimes, you might get a “swing and a miss” from me, but I say it in love

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    iskolar
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    #252873

    You are one of the most positive/earnest posters here and you should keep on doing you (even though sometimes, you might get a “swing and a miss” from me, but I say it in love

    This. LOL.

    But yeah srsly, no worries Morgan. Your apology is accepted. 🙂

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    babypook
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    “You are one of the most positive/earnest posters here “

    Uh-huh.

    Feel better now Morgan?

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    Lola
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    You are one of the most positive/earnest posters here and you should keep on doing you…

    I completely agree.

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    DS0816
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    #252876

    Morgan,

    I wasn’t present for any controversy. But learning from one’s mistakes never gets old. So, move on to your next abomination. (Okay. I’m kidding there. I’m in a good mood. )

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