i hate when i’m hungry to the point of feeling sick but i also feel like if i eat i’ll get sick.
i hate when i’m hungry to the point of feeling sick but i also feel like if i eat i’ll get sick.
- Because while everyone is worrying so much about Leo with his four nominations and no wins, no one’s starting a meme for Amy Adams with her FIVE nominations and no wins.
- Because Leo’s four nominations equal a significant fraction of the fourteen times black actors and and actresses have actually WON since the inception of the Academy Awards.
- Because it’s insulting as hell to the winners to imply Leo should have won before considering two of those losses were due to black actors taking home Best Actor Oscars. (His first loss was to Tommy Lee Jones in “The Fugitive.” Good luck beating that role.)
- Because when everyone was whining about Leo not getting his fourth nomination for “Django Unchained,” everybody was ignoring the bullshit behind Samuel L. Jackson not getting his second nomination after nineteen years for the same damn movie and an equally great performance.
- Because it’s another year of all-white Best Actress nominees, a category which has had literally only ONE black winner in its entire history.
- Because even Kate freakin’ Winslet didn’t win until her fifth nomination.
- Because the same damn actors being nominated over and over and OVER again for these awards is a problem, not because they deserve more awards, but because it means smaller movies and unknown actors and better-acted roles can get ignored because, you know, Meryl Streep was in another movie this year. (And I adore Meryl Streep, but … yeah.)
- Because it’s like a symbol of what the main problem with the Academy has been for years — that the Academy is a white boys’ club, and the fact that the Internet is so desperately worried that a white man might not win an Oscar that they turned it into a popular fucking meme just encourages the Academy to keep carrying on with their racist, sexist bullshit.
1. Leonardo DiCaprio has worked only in prestige films for a dozen years almost all of which have received awards attention while Adams has only recently started on the same trend and will likely hit Kate Winslet-2008 status soon.
2. Totally fair criticism of the academy awards and the American film industry, not really fair or relevant criticism of the fans of Leonardo DiCaprio.
3. No one thinks he should have won for Gilbert Grape or Blood Diamond (or if they do they’re pretty out to lunch). For 2004 though there is a legitimate criticism that Leo deserved the oscar but none of his past nominations are why people think he is “missing an oscar”. That would again be his track record of prestige films with great directors over the past 14 years.
4. There was plenty of people calling for Jackson getting a nomination last year (I read more than enough calls for three Supporting Actor nods), what people weren’t calling for was Jamie Foxx for Best Actor because he played a vengeful slave. Again, problem with the Academy, not the Leo fanbase.
5. What does this even have to do with the DiCaprio fanbase considering he cannot steal nominations from WoC? As I’ll go into in point 8 this is an industry problem that fuels an Academy problem.
6. And at Kate’s fifth nomination (she didn’t win until her sixth) there were people asking if she would ever win just like the articles about Leo this year, it was also in 2008 when the world was a little less meme obsessed outside of 4chan and reddit.
7. So you admit you are a Meryl fan but you can acknowledge that she gets nominated too often. Thats why this year with Leo has people sore, because there is a large group of people who loved both 12 Years and WoWS, and saw all the problematic shit in DBC and are mad that Leo in what is universally recognized as a career topping performance didn’t win and that Ejiofor got shut out of the conversation for the top two spots by a horrid performance by McConaughey.
8. THE ACADEMY ISN’T NEARLY THE BIGGEST PROBLEM HERE. Every year there are fewer movies that star women and people of colour than movies that star white men that fit the bill of a traditional “prestige” film. so while the academy doesn’t recognize the performances that do exist, even when they do it doesn’t lead to more success for the actors they recognize (Monique, Octavia Spencer, Viola Davis being the three most recent). The industry is the primary problem with the awards. Hopefully the cult of approval around 12 Years will lead to more roles for Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong’o, Adepero Oduye, and Alfre Woodard. And that the Butler and Fruitvale Station and to a lesser extent Winnie and Mandela Long Walk to Freedom will do the same for their stars. But even if the Best Actor list had had 4 black actors and the best Supporting Actress list had had 3, that still shows the problem with the INDUSTRY because all of those roles COULD ONLY HAVE BEEN PLAYED BY BLACK ACTORS and it still doesn’t hit the racialized patriarchy that keeps black actresses to mostly supporting roles and nominations. The Academy Awards don’t do the roles that exist justice but the industry doesn’t cast people of colour in roles that aren’t already racialized. And I guarantee you that fixing the recognition problem won’t fix the casting problem but the other way around will and has actually lead to progress.
You are trying to speak about a fanbase as part of a larger system of awards recognition but you are ignoring the context that leads to the disparity in the recognition. Popular actors don’t win awards. The academy for all of its recent youngun posturing couldn’t give a shit what the internet thinks, and the fans of an actor who has only done great work in the past ten years (yes his privilege allows him to take only those roles) is not feeding into the industrial problem at hand. Especially considering he rarely works in blockbusters, only one of his films since the turn of the century has made over 200 million (Inception). The poor Leo memes are not going to keep People of Colour down in the acting industry. If poor Leo memes went away they wouldn’t be replaced by similar ones for Ejiofor or Elba or Jordan or Oyelowo. Those will happen organically (hell I’ve seen a huge fanbase for Elba pop up lately and the critic industry is up in arms about Nyong’o have no roles) and won’t be positively or negatively affected by the traffic of fans of Leonardo DiCaprio (especially because so many of the poor leo memes paint him as a pathetic oscar obsessed loser)
Be mad that DiCaprio takes roles that weren’t inherently racialized to begin with. Be mad that DiCaprio fueled biopics get made when biopics about people of colour stay on the shelf. Be mad that there are still no films headed by Women of colour and they are mostly relegated to supporting status. But I am a fan of Leonardo DiCaprio’s acting. I’m also a big believer in a number of black actors that can’t shed their supporting roles because of the racist Hollywood industry (David Oyelowo, Michael K Williams, and Chiwetel Ejiofor (until this year)). I think that DiCaprio deserved Best Actor this year especially over the person who actually won. All of those things can happen at the same time and your criticisms of the poor leo meme will still be misguided and come from a position that doesn’t understand the actual industry context.
Jared Leto has been winning multiple awards for playing the transgender character of Rayon in the film “Dallas Buyers Club.” The transgender community has then watched him throw them under the bus.
1. LETO: "It was the role of a lifetime," he said. "It was an incredible thing to represent this…
1. “Never trust a man whose eyes are too close to his nose.
2. “Always be sure to have 25 percent cotton in your undershirts; otherwise your titties will itch.
3. “Remember the CIA is made up of boys whose families sent them to Princeton but wouldn’t let them into the family brokerage business.
4. “The fact that a man is a newspaper reporter is evidence of some flaw of character.
5. “When you are handshaking on the campaign trail, never let the other fellow grab your hand first—grab his hand and elbow and throw him past.
6. “Before getting into a motorcade, always go to the bathroom and pee.
7. “Don’t tell a man to go to Hell unless you can send him there.
8. “When things haven’t gone well for you, call in a secretary or a staff man and chew him out. You will sleep better and they will appreciate the attention.”
Yes, and for those of you who follow this blog and know this person, yes, them.
You told me that you need closure. And to be perfectly honest, I think I’ve needed it as well. Because if I’m being perfectly honest I miss you. I miss you so much. I loved you, I still love you, and I can’t foresee a future where I don’t.
Here’s the thing though. When I didn’t see you for almost two months, I was hurting, I was hurting from having said the same thing to you for weeks in a row feeling more and more futile as each day went by. But I was hurting also because something that had bugged me for a long long time finally came to a head.
I’m never going to get married. I’m never going to have children. I’m never going to be in a relationship that lasts forever because that is not what love is to me. Maybe I’m selfish or maybe I’m scared but I’m not one for sharing my life for eternity with one person.
In fact, I can’t just love one person. While we dated I didn’t just love you. There were two other people who I fell for, these were not sexual fantasies and they were not delusions. These were people who I felt such a deep, deep connection to that ignoring it hurt.
I’m not one for loving one person at a time. I am polyamorous, and that’s not something I’ve been able to be honest with myself about until now.
So every day when we talked and I said the same things to try and reassure you and you told me that I wasn’t doing it right, its because deep in my heart I both didn’t want to hurt you but couldn’t come to terms with myself as a person who wanted to engage with others in romance and love.
So that’s why it ended. Because I couldn’t bear to tell you that I had fallen for someone else while still loving you. Because I couldn’t bear to tell myself that what I had always wanted was not only deeply unsatisfying but not what I truly wanted in life. Because the deeper I didn’t feel right staying in a relationship with you when I couldn’t articulate even to myself how I felt about everything. Because I was hurting, but would only cause more pain with the half truths and half understandings that I had at the time.
I am sorry, I am sorry and I miss you.
I hope if this eventually makes its way to you that it provides some closure for you. It has for me.
Disclaimer: *as far as I know he still hasn’t apologized for the transphobic slurs he has used in the past which he still needs to do*
December 18: If you look at the clip he uses microaggressions like “transgenders” and “transgendered” and when he does what most conservative commentators (the ones he is satirizing) would do (saying you were born a even if you feel like c on the inside) he switches away from actual people to transformers. Normally I would expect him to make that joke about an actual trans person and be pretty horrible, but by switching it away he redirected the focus of the joke to his conservative persona.
Through the rest of the clip, he continues to use conservative punchlines about the trans community while the jokes are always pointed at him. When he brings up the “born a boy” bit from the Piers Morgan show he is pointedly attacking Morgan for that. I also didn’t notice anything in his interview
As a trans person I was really shocked to not be offended by anything he said. I was shocked that he seems to have learned from what he’s done in the past where he repeats jokes from conservative pundits without criticizing them.
I may have missed something (please point quotes to me if you can) but I’m really impressed.
Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself; but talent instantly recognizes genius.
— Arthur Conan Doyle (via observando)