Racism, Poverty and Hollywood

So, tonight is a big night in Hollywood. I won't be watching tonight. The Oscars have been such snore-fest in recent years. Furthermore, since none of the films I like don't have any real chance of winning anything, why bother? I will just watch the highlight clips on YouTube tomorrow.

Plus, I don't think I can bare watching rich people spending exorbitant amounts of money on parties and fancy dresses, considering the state of the economy. Wouldn't it be cool if one of the winners gets on stage tonight and denounce Hollywood for not being fiscally responsible as unemployment is the highest it has ever been.

Even the stars of Slum Dog Millionaire haven't benefited from the film's popularity.

Speaking of political activism at the Oscars, one of the most memorable moments in the award show's history was when Sacheen Littlefeather/Maria Cruz presented a speech on behalf of actor Marlon Brando, for his performance in The Godfather, when he boycotted the 46th Academy Awards ceremony in protest of the treatment of Native Americans by the film industry.

Specifically, Brando was protesting how Hollywood and mainstream media had at that time portrayed Native Americans around the events of Wounded Knee.

As far as I am concerned, not much has really changed since 1973 in how people of color are portrayed in the media.



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