A young black girl decided to not bleach her skin after seeing the success of Lupita Nyong’o.
Lupita Nyong’o was inspired to be an actress after seeing Oprah Winfrey and Whoopi Goldberg in The Color Purple.
Whoopi Goldberg realized she could BE an actress after seeing Nichelle Nichols in Star Trek
hell hath no fury like a man told his input on female liberation isn’t important.
(Source: lalalalalalalafuckoff, via princessunicornsparkles)
Haha so many mixed reactions online. Some of it is typical whiny nonsense, like “why PP why couldn’t we have gotten an [insert person on daytime television] instead,” which we get every single year. Like, my freshman year the commencement speaker was Sheryl Sandberg and people online were going “who is this and why can’t we get random bland anchoress instead” and I was like YOUR EDUCATION HAS BEEN WASTED ON YOU.
Indignant political comments popping up on campus news media but, like, I mean, sucks to suck.
(Edit: Some of the seniors I know are making condom jokes. Are you fucking serious.)
FUCKING A, BARNARD
Oh and Patti Smith is going to be there too
Cate Blanchett’s acceptance speech may have read feminist, and her wording was beautiful, except her thanking of Woody Allen (whose adopted daughter Dylan Farrow has come out publicly about her abuse at the hand of her proto-father) and intentional framing of him as a feminist film maker, that everyone seems so fast to ignore in congratulating her for ‘calling out the Academy.’
Blue Jasmine saw no other nominations or awards for a reason, and her acting deserved all it won, but Cate Blanchett chose to reinforce an industry that values male filmmakers and celebrities like Woody Allen over the children and young women they abuse and violate. That doesn’t sound very feminist to me.
I’m going to take another look at Cate Blanchett’s speech but I didn’t feel like she was valorizing Allen so much as taking a potshot at the industry for continuing to do literally exactly what Blanchett said they do—look at movies headlined by women as “niche” movies that no one wants to watch. It’s an extremely common refrain in actress speeches, from Meryl to Sandra, and I felt like Blanchett was really less pulling PR for Allen than she was following in the footsteps of an unfortunate hallowed tradition.
CB was between a rock and a hard place. Silence or negativity on her part would have been denounced as hypocrisy, since she’s already complicit for having made the film in the first place. She’s already been kind of avoiding the topic of Allen for the last several weeks (ex. didn’t mention him at all during her BAFTA speech, choosing to commemorate PSH’s death instead) but I understand why she felt like she couldn’t ignore the fact that at the end of the day, Allen is the primary reason why she’s standing on that stage with the golden statuette in her hand. I don’t know how braver it would have been for her to not mention his name at all in her thank-you speech—she’s not stupid; disassociating herself from him is obviously the safer option. But even her mention of him in her speech was brief and specific: “Thank you to Woody Allen for casting me.” I think any contradictions to be taken from her speech, if there are, just encapsulates the inescapable irony of a man who indisputably did great things for female representation in film (Blanchett winning for “Blue Jasmine” marks the 6th winning Oscar and 14th nomination for an actress for a Woody Allen movie—compare that to 1 male winner and 4 male nominees for his movies) and who also turned out to be a child molester. Truth be told, I can’t think of significantly better ways she could have handled that. I just hope she doesn’t work with him again in the future.
(edit: I also really don’t like the tweets’ implication that the only reason why Blanchett would stand up for women in film is out of an agenda to make Allen look good, as if she couldn’t promote women out of her own prerogative.)
wow maybe next year a black woman can win an Oscar in a role where she isn’t subservient to white people
Bittersweet realities of black achievement. We value the victory, but the framework of oppression is still present
Two slaves, one maid, and a welfare queen stereotype. That’s 4/6 of the black Best Supporting Actress winners.
Also maybe some openly gay and/or actual trans* people can win acting Oscars instead of the usual straight white cis men who claim honors for BEING OH SO BRAVE in playing and “representing” LBGT people (or in MM’s case, a bisexual man who was turned into a homophobic straight dude for accessibility and commercial purposes!)
I’m too tired to get food and too hungry to sleep.
it is absolutely fucking ridiculous and telling that zoe saldana has cornered the character niche of sexy and exotic (and often, different-color-skinned) alien.
Lupita Nyong’o has worn every color ever invented.
#and she looks good in all of them
The last one is possibly my favorite. Possibly one of the greatest things I’ve ever seen anyone wear. What the fuck I hate how amazing she looks all the time. Meanwhile, I have a random tuft sticking out of my hair from trying to remove a price tag from a headband I was wearing at the time (i know it doesn’t make any sense).
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Bottom line: If you don’t think gigantic fast-food chains should have to pay their employees fairly, then you’re happy footing the bill for them.
Rang in midnight of my birthday by sitting on the floor in a daze, immobilized with physical discomfort after eating too much at dinner.
a d u l t h o o d ! !