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In 2018, the prestigious Academy Awards turns 90 years old. Why do we still consider an institution as ancient as the Oscars the truest measurement of a film’s artistic brilliance?
As an age-old film institution, an Oscar has generally been the mark of a successful film or actor. But, the Academy Awards are also widely recognized as the bullhorn for a pretentious parade of film critics who have never been quick to celebrate diversity or films that are popularly enjoyed beyond just critical acclaim. Ninety years later, it is simply a microcosm for what is wrong with the film industry as a whole.
Amongst many of the hashtags that Donald Trump’s administration has started is one of questionable legitimacy: #FreeMelania. Somehow, within the midst of the women’s march, a movement to empower women, many progressive men and women chose to use the ‘powerless’ Melania Trump as a rallying cry. Journalists feel compelled to hyper-analyze all of her body movements and slightest facial expressions to diagnose her Stockholm Syndrome.
Like all social revolutions, while the #MeToo movement has garnered great support, it still succumbs to great controversy. While this bold stance against sexual assault perpetrated by famous, untouchable figures is admirable, it also calls into question how to deal with sexual misconduct allegations when the most that can oftentimes be done is unfairly pit one person’s words against the other’s. The #MeToo story is one of female empowerment, but could it also be a story of a story that, in retrospect, can be compared to the Salem Witch Trials? With new allegations erupting daily, the #MeToo movement is at the precipice of mutation, which can be detrimental to its legacy.
On Aug. 4, Lena Dunham tweeted — “Things women do lie about: what they ate for lunch. Things women don’t lie about: rape.” But in the midst of the bold and brave #MeToo movement, Dunham accused actress Aurora Perrineau of lying about the rape accusation she filed against "Girls" writer Murray Miller when she was only 17 years old.
Whenever Halloween comes around, I have an incredibly distinctive fear that I will see someone complete their elaborate "Orange is the New Black" costume with blackface, like Julianne Hough did in 2013, or a costume idea unintentionally hinting at blackface, like Lili Reinhart’s recent tweet about dressing as a demon painted in black.
Historically, the representation of South Asians in the media has been dismal. Growing up, my only role model was Princess Jasmine, simply because her skin color had the slightest resemblance to my own Indian skin.
Before I wrote this piece, I thought to myself, "Does the world really need another article about this?
In 11th grade English, my teacher — an incredibly intelligent white woman, who seems like she has seen the entire world and then some — told us a story about the first time she had ever seen a black boy.