One hashtag that has recently been trending as of late is #OscarsSoWhite. I decided to choose this hashtag because it is a fairly new epidemic that is arising throughout the media. #BlackLivesMatter would have been another one to choose, but the complexity of that movement is all too much to cover in a mere 500 words. This hashtag stood out to me the most because of all the racial problems that are going on in America right now. The common thing to hear in the news in relation to racial problems is the police killings of black people. However, the racial/diversity problems stretch far beyond that and #OscarsSoWhite is another example of exactly how far it goes.
#OscarsSoWhite became a thing when the list of Oscar nominations were released and besides two nominations, people of color were absent from the long list of nominees. The lack of inclusion sparked outrage throughout Hollywood, causing April Reign, a blogger and attorney at reignofapril.com, to create the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite. The purpose of this hashtag was for people to voice their opinions and frustrations all throughout social media and to demand for change. Many news outlets caught wind of the hashtag and began using it when covering their stories. Celebrities as well as ordinary people also use it to voice their opinions on this matter. The community behind this hashtag is a collective group of outraged minorities who are tired of not being given the respect that they deserve for their craft. #OscarsSoWhite is just a smaller component to the larger question of race in the United States.
Many actors such as Danny Devito have shared their contributions to the hashtag, but not all of them are the same. While many people agree with that idea that inclusion is something that is a larger problem in this country, others believe that this is another way for people who do not get their way to bicker and complain about it.
This hashtag has created backlash from the white community, saying that minorities want to be included but exclude themselves when making everything black and white. But something Boman does not understand is that it was not simply “another black actor” but all black actors from 2015. Others used this trending hashtag to poke fun at it.
In general, the use of this hashtag has created another segment to the bigger question of race in this country. Some news outlets such as MTV are on the side of #OscarsSoWhite where they believe many black actors were snubbed this year with many great films such as Creed and Concussion. Other news outlets are staying neutral and simply covering other celebrities inputs on the topic.
For the most part, the hashtag was successful in its purpose to shed light on the lack of diversity in Hollywood. Already has the Oscars announced that they are going to be making changes to diversify the Academy. They plan on doubling the number of diverse members by 2020. However, even with these changes, actors such as Spike Lee still are not going to attend the Oscars. Things are not going to change overnight, but the #OscarsSoWhite movement set things in the right direction.