There’s some recent controversy about the song, “Alone Yet Not Alone”, winning an Oscar nomination.
This is Joni Eareckson Tada, singing the sound track to the movie, “Alone But Not Alone.”
The song beat out Coldplay, Taylor Swift and Lana Del Ray to join four other nominees for best original song.
Imagine that. Gifted, yet humble Joni Eareckson Tada has sung a really beautiful hymn-sounding song that will speak to the hearts of many people and it’s been nominated for an esteemed award.
Could it really be that simple and sweet?
No..of course not.
After all, “the nomination has received negative reactions for the film’s endorsements by James Dobson, (American evangelical Christian author, psychologist, and founder in 1977 of Focus on the Family)
Film.com framed the movie as endorsed by “anti-gay hate group activists,” while the Boston Globe headline reads, “The Oscar nomination that stinks to heaven.” Kate Tracy
There it is – the big S-T-R-E-T-C-H to somehow connect this simple song to the ongoing and heated,“acceptance/non-acceptance of homosexuality” debate.
Can we not just enjoy the song?
It amazes me that in our culture today, a song nomination can be seen as wrong because a well respected Christian leader with an unpopular opinion about homosexuality likes the movie. But that’s not all – there are suggestions that the film itself is racist and that there is a conflict of interest because of the song writer’s previous involvement with the Academy.
Again I ask, “Can we not just celebrate the song?”
But conspiracy theories and sour grapes from those not nominated this year have not fazed Eareckson Tada.
“There are always films up for Oscars that Americans never heard of … and words like ‘allegations,’ ‘clandestine,’ and ‘twisting arms’ aren’t ever associated with those other nominations, so why this one?” she asks. “Yes. it’s unusual, but somebody must have liked the song very much. I don’t know how the process works, but I do know nobody twisted arms or pushed their influence.”
Way to go, Joni.
Granted, even Joni is surprised with the nomination. Apparently, she too was quite surprised that the Academy had recognized such an obscure song.
“I don’t know how the nomination process works, but I’m grateful. I think I give a good performance but not a great one, and I think that the Academy recognizing this humble, good little song is rather wonderful.”
Once more I say, “Way to go,” Joni. “
I appreciate and respect the way that Joni has “taken the high road” with her responses.
I hope Joni and the writers of this song are basking in the moment, not being discouraged by the sore losers and critics. “Alone but not Alone” is a beautiful song and Joni sung it like an angel.
Let others take the gutter – let’s follow Joni’s lead and choose to take the high road with our responses.