I didn't catch all of the Oscars telecast last Sunday. But one portion of the show that I didn't miss was the In Memoriam portion.
However, even though I did catch that segment, I did miss mention of Brad Refro. And I say miss, not in that I turned away at the wrong time, but that I missed him in that he wasn't included.
Before I get all high and mighty about this, I can understand something like this happening. I've worked on a couple of publications where memorial sections were included and, I am both embarrassed, and sad to say, some people were inadvertently left out.
Yes we have copy editors, fact checkers and the like. But mistakes do happen. The best way to make up for that is to admit it and move on. An old saying in politics is that it isn't the crime that kills you, it's the lie to cover it up. Sometimes it's both, but not always.
The reason behind the omission was addressed by Leslie Unger, spokeswoman for the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences. Said she "unfortunately we cannot include everyone. Our goal is to honor individuals who worked in the many professions and trades of the motion picture industry, not just actors."
Which begs the question, what is the cut off point? If there are only room for X amount of actors, will we miss the passing of so many greats when they pass? No, of course not. This was the wrong answer. The correct answer should have been an apology, a reiteration that they try to include as many people from varying fields as possible, and that no slight was made for him, or others who may have been omitted. And that a deep felt apology is extended to his family and fans.