Oprah Winfrey defended by Academy president Tom Sherak
By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Noted contrarian Armond White is at it again, begging for attention by calling out the Academy for its decision to present Oprah Winfrey with its Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. White, who consistently writes against the grain to get a cheap response, wonders if Winfrey’s nod is a deliberate attempt to “grovel for TV ratings” for the annual Oscar telecast.
Well, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Tom Sherak, who recently was re-elected, didn’t let White get away with his unchecked rant, and responded immediately.
“Oprah has given and given and given,” Sherak said to the AP. “She’s a member of the academy, she was nominated for an Academy Award and she has produced movies. This is not about personality. This is about a person who has come from the depths, risen to the heights and given back. That’s a perfect example of why this award was created.”
Sherak explained, for the benefit of those like White, that the award “exemplifies giving back to the community, the world, society in an extraordinary way.”
“We have a lot of people who are TV people who have made movies,” he continued. “It doesn’t matter that they do other things… She is definitely one of us. What really counts is her contribution to humanity.”
What is White’s contribution to humanity, outside of short-sighted vitriol?
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