Alejandro Iñarritu’s comments were fair and reasonable and not all that controversial.

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I suspect Alejandro Iñarritu’s little foray into vague politicization stream of consciousness during his acceptance speech after Birdman won Best Picture at tonight’s Oscars might raise a few eyebrows punctuated with bones of resentful contention, especially when one considers its victory paralleled the so-called desertion of Selma and All Things Black by the Academy.

Frankly, I’m thrilled such a tremendously intelligent, abstract movie was recognized in its own right. It’s pleasing to see such efforts rewarded.

I don’t see that Iñarritu’s comments were out of bounds or inflammatory. They were dignified, understated and reasonable. We can leave that trigger language to those groups which might have wanted Selma to go farther than it did.

Only in an environment of polarization can Iñarritu’s words be considered remotely “controversial.”

Well, that is the environment, I suppose…