There is more controversy in the entertainment world. First it was the same-sex marriages at the Grammy Awards, and then Katy Perry’s ode to dark powers. Now a woman in a wheelchair is being pushed around by some Oscar people:
“This year’s most-obscure Oscar nominee is no more.
“At a meeting this week, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences board of governors decided to strip the surprise nomination for Best Song from ‘Alone Yet Not Alone,’ which appears in the independent Christian-produced film of the same name.”
The song is performed by Joni Eareckson Tada who has been confined to a wheelchair since 1967 when “she dove into Chesapeake Bay after misjudging the shallowness of the water. She suffered a fracture between the fourth and fifth cervical levels and became a quadriplegic, paralysed from the shoulders down.” You can read about her story in the book Joni.
Joni “founded Joni and Friends (JAF) in 1979, a Christian organization that ministers to “the disabled community throughout the world. In 2006 the Joni and Friends International Disability Centre in Agoura, California, was established.”
Now back to the song controversy. “With limited lung capacity due to her disability, Tada, . . . had her husband, Ken, pushing on her diaphragm while she recorded the Oscar-nominated song to give her enough breath to hit the high notes.”
You can read the story on Variety’s website as well as here. “The Los Angeles Times reports the song may have been nominated because it played a crucial, recurring role in the film. Bruce Broughton, a winner of multiple Emmy awards and a previous Oscar nominee (Silverado), was one of the composers.”
Joni, while disappointed, has been more than gracious as the controversy kicked up some dust among some disgruntled film people.
I don’t know what the truth is, but I do know how liberals would respond to such an action if the song had been sung by an atheist woman who was in a wheelchair and a conservative organization had made a similar decision.
First, the facts would not matter.
Second, we would be hearing about the incessant liberal narrative about how conservatives are at war with women.
Fourth, conservatives would be attacked because they had gone after a defenseless woman in a wheelchair. You know, kind of like the way that Abortion Barbie Wendy Davis supporters mocked Texas Lieutenant Governor Greg Abbott who is also confined to a wheelchair because of an accident to his spinal cord.