February 29, 2016

Dear Twitter, THIS Revolution Must Be Televised Not Tweeted #OscarsSoWhite

I watch the Oscars, well at least the last 10 minutes or so.  I'm the viewer who tunes in near the end of the show to see who snagged the big prizes.  I miss all the red carpet fashion, the long speeches interrupted by orchestra music and teary-eyed acceptance speeches from actors in movies I've never seen, much less heard of.  Then there's the boycott.  

Although I didn't watch the Oscars, it wasn't in protest.  I didn't watch because Sundays are so busy in the Three Boys and an Old Lady household.  We are prepping for the week ahead.  Catching up on homework.  Finishing up laundry.  You know, all those things you meant to do on Saturday but were too busy enjoying Saturday.  Rather than swoon over dresses we would never wear and listening to snarky conversations about who's wearing who, we would rather relax in an old t-shirt and some worn out jeans while watching a DVD of a movie we've seen at least a dozen times.  Oh, I guess I should mention I haven't seen a single one of the Oscar Best Picture nominees.  Not a single one.  

I had planned to see The Martian but I think one of the kids was sick that night.
     I really wanted to see The Big Short but feared there'd be too much profanity.
          Hubby wanted to see The Revenant but me notsomuch.
               Little interest in Bridge of Spies as I'm not big on war movies.
                    Spotlight oh wow, I didn't know Michael Keaton starred in Spotlight.
                              There was another Mad Max movie?  Really?
                                   As for Spotlight and Brooklyn, never heard of them 

That being said, I should probably list some of the other movies I didn't see.  Sorry Jada and Will, I didn't see Concussion.  Spike, sorry I didn't see Chi-Raq or whatever it was.  Not saying either film deserved an Oscar nod or not because well primarily because I didn't see either movie. I'm just saying both Jada and Spike were two of the most outspoken about this whole #OscarsSoWhite "movement".   However, it was a statement Chris Rock made in his opening monologue which moved me the most: 

Chris Rock: "Say ‘62 or ‘63, and black people did not protest.

Why? Because we had real things to protest at the time, you know? We had real things to protest; you know, we’re too busy being raped and lynched to care about who won best cinematographer.

You know, when your grandmother’s swinging from a tree, it’s really hard to care about best documentary foreign short

What exactly did those who were so outspoken about boycotting the Oscars want us to do? N
ot watch?  Tweet my frustrations about the lack of diversity?  Post "I'm not watching the Oscars" on Facebook?  Yes, there should be more diversity in films.  Yes, I want to see more films starring people who look like me.  Was protesting the Oscars via a Twitter hashtag was the best way to get the attention of those who need to hear the message?   

According to Twitter, Leonardo DiCaprio’s (@LeoDiCaprio) win for Best Actor generated more than 440,000 Tweets per minute, the most-Tweeted minute of an Oscars telecast ever.

Was the message of protest lost in a sea of tweets?   


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