Money and a Cowardly Lack of Imagination
As the ripple effects of #OscarsSoWhite continue, Sir Ian McKellen called out the Oscars for homophobia. Is true Hollywood diversity a pipedream?
How will Hollywood’s finest behave on Oscars night? Self-flagellating? Serious? Wry and ironic? Will they say all the right things? Boycott the red carpet? Use the traditional frock and tux parade for political and cultural sloganeering?
Will there be rhetorical fireworks on stage, or will this year’s great diversity debate be made safe and neutralized?
First, this year’s Oscars were rightly skewered for having a race problem—no black actors or movies depicting black stories nominated, an embarrassing, damning sea of white.