Whether you force art or a fart, the result is the same: you end up with s**t – Someone Smart

A tax return prepared by Bourke Accounting follows a linear script: W2 wages, interest income, child credit, etc. If you end up owing $17,000, your Bourke pro will feel bad, but those capital gains will still shine proudly on your Schedule D. Likewise, you probably won’t attempt to claim your healthy – but unemployed and TikTok addicted – 30-year-old son as a dependent because it wouldn’t make sense to the storyline. Even though we might want it to go a different way, sometimes the story is just the story.

For example, Old Yeller has a terribly sad ending. The book would be pointless if, instead of a shotgun blast, Yeller got a rabies shot and everyone had a picnic. PETA might complain about the trajectory of events, but Old Yeller would mean nothing without the poignancy of reluctant responsibility and loss.

Art and breathing have a lot in common: forcing or restricting either results in catastrophic events. With this in mind, it’s plain that the recent rules implemented by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are just, well…bad. Recently, the Academy has released a list of requirements that movies will have to adhere to if they want to even be considered for an Oscar during the 2024 season. However, these rules have nothing to do with masterful dialogue, interesting plots or innovative cinematography. Sadly, these rules have nothing to do with art at all.

Dumping artistic integrity like a murder victim on the side of the highway, the Academy has introduced an alternative concept of censorship. Starting with the 96th Oscars, movies with dreams of winning best picture will have to “meet inclusion standards both on camera and behind the scenes” (NYTimes.com). At first glance, this sounds good: everyone’s invited to the party! Sadly, it’s not like that. Let’s say you’ve written a heartbreaking, well-written screenplay about four Irish boys growing up hard in South Boston. Well, unless one of those boys is a girl or an Alaskan Native, don’t even bother trying for the gold because you haven’t a chance.

Don’t despair! You still have a chance with your four Irish boys if your storyline is “centered on an underrepresented group” (Etonline.com). So, if you make one boy “deaf or hard of hearing” (Oscars.org), you meet the A3 Academy Standard for Main Storyline! You only have to meet two of the four requirements, so if the deaf kid is also gay (A2 General Ensemble Cast requirement), you have a contender right there! You can argue that your story has nothing to do with a gay, deaf Irish boy, but if you want that naked gold guy, it does now.

Inclusion is a beautiful thing; holding visual artistry and autonomy hostage is the exact opposite. When external forces dictate guidelines for acceptable art, the organic nature of the thing is destroyed. Art should not have politics or agendas and, sometimes, you just can’t shoehorn a blind Amish transsexual into a coming of age buddy film.

Boycott the Oscars. Boycott the attempted murder of art.

Bourke Accounting bookkeepers and tax preparers don’t tell nonsensical stories. Bourke Accounting professional stick to the truth and don’t care who has a problem with it. If you want returns and payrolls that mirror reality, come to Bourke Accounting. If you want forced documents that were created under duress, the Academy’s number is in the book.

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Written by Sue H.