Comments on the trailer of the new Annie movie staring Quvenzhané Wallis and Jamie Foxx.
Would you just look at how racism isn’t a thing anymore in today’s society.
weakness is spreading
"It would be more relatable to more people and have a better image if they used a white girl. It would keep the character of Annie more innocent."
Because apparently the previous white Annies weren’t enough, white people need MORE representation from the SAME character.
And can we talk about this whole attiitude of white child=innocent, black child=guilty/corrupted/impure/criminal by default? Or are we going to keep pretending that’s not a thing?
I still think Cate Blanchett is an incredible woman and a feminist but she had a chance to make a difference and if you’re response to people who are upset with her is to tell them they’re wrong I will bite your head off.
I just read yet another article about Cate Blanchett’s undermining her own message of feminism at the Oscars by myopically thanking Woody Allen and thereby somehow endorsing his questionable personal life and so on…and I’m really starting to see red.
Woody Allen wrote and directed the damn movie. Woody Allen cast Blanchett in the role. If interviews are to be believed, Allen had the good sense to cast Blanchett and then get the hell out of her way. Cate Blanchett was absolutely right and appropriate to thank Woody Allen while up on that stage, because if he hadn’t cast her she wouldn’t have been on that stage, and she wouldn’t have been able to tell an audience of millions just how silly it is that we cling to the notion that female-driven movies are “niche experiences”.
The fact is, Woody Allen did write the screenplay, and it’s a downright brilliant one. And Woody Allen did cast Cate Blanchett in the role. Those are the only two things she thanked him for. She didn’t mention his personal life. She didn’t call for Allen to be handed more money and more distribution deals. She gave the writer and director of the movie the absolute minimum acknowledgement that Oscars decorum dictates, and because she’s Cate Blanchett she did it with such grace that no one noticed that, in context of the entire speech, it was barely lip service.
The Academy Awards are a pageant, and it has a long list of written and unwritten rules. Failure to adhere to those rules is embarrassing, and under certain circumstances can seriously damage a career, marking an actor or director as ungrateful, entitled or a PR liability. Cate Blanchett was required by those rules to thank the director of the movie that won her the award, and whoever cast her in the award-winning role: both Woody Allen. In short, whether or not she even wanted to, she had to thank Woody Allen.
What she did not have to do was make that statement about Hollywood’s outdated approach to women as market-leaders in film. She did not have to point out the arbitrariness of the awards as a whole. She did not have to mention that it has been a year full of outstanding female performances, nor did she have to acknowledge each of her fellow nominees and their incredible performances individually. She did not have to thank her two agents and her publicist, all three of them women. She did not have to point out that fellow nominee Judi Dench, a woman who defies conventions of marketability by being both older and a woman, missed the awards because her remarkable career didn’t allow her time to attend.
And yet, if you actually watch the speech, the overwhelming majority of it is exactly what she did not have to do. In fact, aside from members of her family - where, let’s be honest, gender is a bit less of a political hotspot - the only men she thanked were those by whom not thanking them she might have seriously damaged her reputation: the writer/director, who wrote the role and put her in it, and the heads of the distribution company who made sure people saw it. Even out of her fellow cast members, the only one she thanked was Sally Hawkins, who played the other major female role.
Cate Blanchett did something brilliant at the Oscars. She called the Hollywood standard on its crap. She shone the spotlight firmly on women. She made the kind of definitive statement that most award winners - male or female - would be too overwhelmed or frightened to make in their acceptance speeches. And by fulfilling her obligation to thank the handful of men without whom the film wouldn’t have existed to put her on that stage, she ensured that her career remains untouchable, and that she can go on making these same statements in forums where she knows people are paying attention. It was a triumphant moment from a phenomenal actress and talented spokeswoman, and I’m sick of it being turned on its head.
Cate Blanchett did not have to thank Woody Allen.
Yes, it’s in the “rules” that she thank him, and yes it would be risky for her reputation to do so. But Cate Blanchett is not an up-and-coming young actress whose career is still uncertain. She has a lot of power as a well-known actress and extremely recent Oscar winner.
But Woody Allen is a pedophile. He does not deserve to be praised for his movie while people scoff at Dylan Farrow and say that she made it all up. Cate could have said “I dedicate this to Dylan Farrow” and brought light to what so many people are trying to sweep under the rug.
Would it have been hard? Yes. Would it have been potentially bad for her career? Yeah, maybe. But if you’re only an activist and feminist when it’s convenient for you, do you really stand for anything? If you’ll only put your celebrity endorsement on relatively safe topics like gay marriage (like the whole “No H8” campaign a lot of celebrities were a part of), then what are you really changing? People who are comfortable don’t like to sacrifice their comfort, even if it means praising a fucking pedophile as a feminist.
That’s another thing. Cate essentially said that Woody Allen is a feminist. She praised his “female driven movie” as something amazing and wonderful and it makes me sick. Hollywood politics are bullshit. They let famous white men like Woody Allen, Sean Penn, and Michael Fassbender continue making movies and being hailed for their talent while the women they abuse are left to fester in darkness. Cate Blanchett had a chance to speak up for Dylan Farrow, to align herself with the victim instead of her abuser.
And instead she praised him.
For that, I will criticize Cate Blanchett. Because even though she didn’t say anything supportive about Woody Allen’s personal life, she is passively ignoring it. And that passiveness pervades Hollywood, and it means that Woody Allen will keep making movies, and he will win awards, and people like Cate Blanchet will walk up on that stage and support a pedophile. And that will keep happening until someone fucking says something about it.
paranorman’s good but the message is eerily similar to what a lot of anti-sj people spout ie ‘if you lash out at your oppressors you’re just as bad’
i dont think it’s fair to call a girl who got fucking murdered by a bunch of old dudes a bully for being mad about it
idk I think it’s less of “don’t lash out at your oppressors” and more “it’s logical to want revenge but at some point it has to stop.”
Unlike anti-sj people, the old dudes are genuinely sorry for what they did. They know that they deserve their curse, because what they did was despicable. But Aggie went beyond punishing them. She was so consumed by her anger and fear that she lost herself, and had no problem destroying an entire town.
The message isn’t that Aggie is a bully to those poor old people. It’s that the cycle of power needs to be broken at some point, She needed to realize that she didn’t deserve what happened to her, but the judge and jury also don’t deserve what’s happening to them. The fact that the old court are genuinely sorry for what they did, and know that what they did was wrong, separates them from the anti-sj crowd.
I think Aggie’s story is more analogous to “kid is bullied by jocks, suddenly gets power, becomes a giant asshole supervillain who abuses that power to make everybody pay beyond the punishment that they initially received.” Kind of like in Megamind and Meet the Robinsons.
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Favorite Moments of Lupita Nyong’o during Awards Season