Now, remember, Hollywood took it on the chin last year. Remember everybody was jumping in their chili, claiming that it was all white, all night, all the nominees, and that the only roles for African-Americans are drug-addled criminals and gang leaders and so forth or servants, and they're fed up with it, and then they're fed up with no nominations for anything. So Hollywood had to make it good last night so they went the twofer. They had a movie about a gay black guy. So what they did there, taking no chances whatsoever after the grief they got last year, they went for the twofer.
Rush Limbaugh: ‘Moonlight’ Won the Oscar Because It’s a ‘Twofer’ About a ‘Gay Black Guy’
Limbaugh: Moonlight Won Best Picture Oscar Because It Is A "Twofer" About A "Gay Black Guy"
The film Moonlight is extraordinary for many reasons, but to me it is most so for two. First, it considers black boys to be precious, at a time when news stories perpetually make it seem as if the United States considers them to be utterly expendable. Second, it acknowledges the effects that the stalking ghosts of premature death and incarceration have upon gay black masculinity — and it manages to do so without ever diminishing the lives full of complex humanity that black gay men still manage to have in America while navigating that reality. So often, gay lives in America are coded as white, and the forces that shape the lives of queer people of color — say, how immigration affects being Chicano and gay in Calfornia, or how police surveillance affects being black and gay in the New York — are ignored, as gay identity is usually swept up into whiteness. Moonlight eschews this reductivism entirely, brilliantly portraying in a lyrical story how love and connection attempt to take hold. The fact that there are about a million and a half black men disappeared from American society by early death and incarceration is not a side issue to black gay men. And yet, Moonlight also shows how creative and brilliant black humanity is at being so much more than its pain.
Moonlight is a powerful affirmation for gay black men: we’re supposed to exist
A painfully shy boy, he swathes himself in silence as a means of self-preservation. How it leads to a crippling inability to communicate—not thoughts so much as feelings—as well as an ability to love and be loved. The other, who has been relegated to the background character, wise outcast, dash of magic, or terror or cool or symbolism, or more simply emotional or physical whore, is expected to be the main event, and some writers suspect that they may not be up for that challenge. Queerness only exacerbates that hurt, so that the understanding we have as queer people of color is deep enough to drown in, as many have done. Would they have been rescued by seeing their lives reflected back at them?
Said Limbaugh :. Well Moonlight is about a gay black man. Now, remember, Hollywood took it on the chin last year. So Hollywood had to make it good last night so they went the twofer.