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nenena ([personal profile] nenena) wrote2013-02-26 06:02 pm

The Oscars post.

I don't want to be one of those people who complains about the Oscars every year. But I've actually NEVER complained about the Oscars on my blog before, so I think it's about time I cashed in some of that restraint and indulged myself in a little Armchair Quarterback Kvetching this year. Because everybody needs to get a little bit of Armchair Quarterback Kvetching out of their system every once in a while.

To wit:

Seth McFarlane was boring at best, unfunny most of the time, misogynist at worst.

The media's treatment of Quvenzhané Wallis was horrid. I expected some level of badness, since she's black, female, and a child nominated in the Best Actress category, but I was totally unprepared for "I'll just call you Annie" and the Onion's twitter actually calling her a c*nt. Holy shit people. Is this really 2013? And this on top of everybody saying that she wasn't "really acting" in Beasts of the Southern Wild. Because children can't act or something. I suspect that at least half the people criticizing her for "not acting" never even saw Beasts of the Southern Wild in the first place.

Argo was the only one of the Best Picture nominees that I felt didn't deserve to be nominated, so of course it won.

And goddamit, I really did enjoy Brave on a lot of levels, but Wreck-It Ralph was a superior film in nearly every way. Including from a feminist perspective. And that is really saying something.

I think I would have liked Brave a heckuva lot more if it hadn't been marketed and praised as some great feminist film or whatever. As a beautiful piece of animation it's great, and as an adventure story it's great, but as a feminist narrative it just falls right the fuck apart if you really start to think about it, and with that on top of all of the sexism that went on behind the scenes it's just ugh. I'm tired of "feminist" stories that denigrate femininity and (intentionally or not) enforce the idea that the only way for women to be strong/free/happy is for them to be more like men because things like bravery and bodily autonomy and wanting to change your fate are somehow inherently masculine. Somehow.

Welp. Glad I got that out of my system.
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[personal profile] the_sun_is_up 2013-02-27 02:17 am (UTC)(link)
I didn't watch the Oscars - my parents watched it and I just overheard some bits of the first half-hour or so while I was washing the dishes - but I'm now reading some articles on the genderfail, and apparently ABC was concerned that their Oscar-watching audience was getting so female-dominated and they were losing the coveted young white male demographic, so they way overcompensated in the opposite direction, what with the Seth McFarlane and the boob song and getting Shatner to play Captain Kirk (I had a moment of vicarious nerd-shame when I overheard that part, I mean seriously, y'all are dragging that guy out again after how many decades?)

And did you hear about the anonymous Oscar voter who admitted that s/he voted against Wallis because s/he couldn't pronounce her name? What century are we living in again?!?