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Oscars slap incident sparks tough but important conversations

Marc Anthony Neal:

When you think about some of the campaigns around the Oscars being so white, it’s ironic that this moment evokes at least a sense of shame or evidence of shame.

And I think the shame is legitimate, in terms of how some black people, black people in Hollywood, but also nominal black people who were watching the TV show.

My concern here is that we can’t put too much energy into this notion that we kind of can’t be ashamed of the performance, can we? You know, we’re now talking about a multimedia culture, social media. There are so many aspects of what we would call the dirty laundry of Blackness that are out there.

I think what’s most important right now is that we recognize the pain that’s happening in this context, that we start from this perspective to talk about ways in which we can be much healthier.

And, of course, part of the challenge here is that if there were more vibrant and diverse portrayals of darkness that existed in Hollywood that were getting the kind of accolades that we saw the other night, then we wouldn’t we wouldn’t feel so unbalanced. when we have this kind of moment that explodes, okay, because that’s not accurate – it’s not like we haven’t seen these examples of Hollywood performances before, where people do things off of the scenario.

That kind of breakup decorum, right? Let’s not pretend this is the first time decorum has been broken in Hollywood – at the Oscars.


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