Hollywood proves what America could be if it were diverse and inclusive

Frances McDormand. Winner for "Three Billboards in Ebbing, Missouri."

A bitter irony for America Sunday night at, of all places, the Academy Awards, where the movie industry recognized the diversity that struggles to exist elsewhere in the land of the free.

On the public stage in Hollywood, the entertainment industry confronted its own mistreatment of women and stood pretty much alone against the isolationist and nationalist tone of the serial abuser of women, people and nations who occupies the White House.

For the fourth time in five years, a Mexican filmmaker won best director honors.

“I think that the greatest thing our art does, and our industry does, is erase the line in the sand,” declared Guillermo del Toro, winning director of The Shape of Water, a Cold War fantasy about a mute woman who falls in love with a humanoid sea creative and teaches us a lot about acceptance, tolerance and love.

“We can’t let bad behavior slide anymore,” said host Jimmy Kimmel.  “The word is watching us.  We need to set an example.”  It says a lot of today’s America when a late-night comedian has to explain what needs to be done to restore what this nation once was.

Yet it was the entertainment industry that said “enough is enough” to the harassment of women by producer Harvey Weinstein, booting him from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  The movement that started from that ended the careers of Kevin Spacey and others who felt that preying on others signaled success in life and art.

Gary Oldman: A solid winner as Winston Churchill.

The Academy still recognized quality, tapping Gary Oldman as best actor for his riveting performance of Winston Churchill in “The Darkest Hour” and Frances McDormand as best actress as a revenge-seeking mother in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

Frances McDormand. Winner for “Three Billboards in Ebbing, Missouri.”

“Okay, look around everybody, look around ladies and gentlemen,” McDormand told a cheering audience.  “We all have stories to tell.”

Ashley Judd, Annabella Sciorra and Salma Hayek. 90th Annual Academy Awards, (Rob Latour/REX/Shutterstock)

Ashley Judd, one of the three women whose stories of abuse helped bring down Weinstein, took the stage with two other victims: Salma Hayek Pinault and Annabella Sciorra, and said:

The changes we are witnessing are being driven by the powerful sound of new voices, of different voices, of our voices, joining together in a mighty chorus that is finally saying, “Time’s up.”

The politicians in Washington may sit on their hands and do nothing about the America they are trying to destroy but the message from Hollywood is clear:

“We don’t make movies like ‘Call Me by Your Name’ for money,” said Kimmel, referring to the same-sex coming-of-age romance between a teen and a young man in 1980s Italy. “We make them to upset Mike Pence.”

Hooray for Hollywood.


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2 thoughts on “Hollywood proves what America could be if it were diverse and inclusive”

  1. Quote: “the isolationist and nationalist tone of the serial abuser of women, people and nations who occupies the White House.”

    Is there any evidence regarding serial abuse to back that statement? I’m aware of a video taken of a private conversion between DJT and Billy Bush, where he said something like “when you’re rich you can grab them by the pussy”. What do you mean abuser of people and nations?

    What’s wrong with nationalist? In my opinion it’s about time to put US first.

    Are you aware that Trump is going after human trafficking and corruption in a big way? Arrests are way up this year. On Dec 21 Trump signed an EO declaring a national emergency, and allowing asset confiscation of those convicted of corruption/trafficking. There are almost 20K sealed indictments outstanding since Oct.

    Keith Elder

    • Trump was charged with raping his first wife. His response: “A man can’t rape his wife.” New York (and Virginia) law disagrees. The long list of women who have told, in detail, about his attacks, including a charge of raping a 14-year-old girl in Manhattan. Excuse me, but what makes you think that Trump gives a damn about “U.S. first?” Because he says so. Fact-checking services find he lies, on average, at least five times a day in public statements and claims. His record in construction shows widespread use of foreign materials and items from other countries. His use of undocumented workers in his casinos and resorts is public record. Trump cares only for what puts money in his pockets and his billions in debts are owed to foreign banks and questionable countries like Russia. He signed an EO allowing asset confiscation of those convicted of trafficking? Not even close. What he signed was an order to freeze assets of 13 foreign nationals accused of various crimes in other nations. That’s all and it is still unclear if his EO is even legal.

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