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Should sociologists care about #OscarsSoWhite?

Daniel, Ronda (2016) Should sociologists care about #OscarsSoWhite? Researching Sociology (20 Jan 2016). Blog Entry.

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by Ronda Daniel – @rondaemily_ Image from Jada Pinkett-Smith’s Facebook page, recording a video ‘We must stand in our power’, urging people of colour to boycott this year’s Oscars awards ceremony. 18/01/2016. Initially, when I saw #OscarsSoWhite trending, referring to the fact that none of the nominations for this year’s Oscars feature performers of colour for the second year running, and responses from Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett-Smith who have chosen to boycott the awards ceremony, I viewed this as a trivial, non-issue. By ‘trivial, non-issue’, I originally thought of #OscarsSoWhite as an issue exclusive to the black elite in the USA. I asked myself: ‘There are so many day-to-day issues that black Americans face ­– incarceration, poverty, housing, employment discrimination – why should sociologists care about the Oscars?’ However, I now realise this representation does not just have repercussions for the performers, but aspiring performers, and the ordinary, average black American.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/researchingsociology/
Additional Information: © 2016 The Author(s); Online
Divisions: Sociology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1993 Motion Pictures
Sets: Departments > Sociology
Collections > LSE Researching Sociology Blog
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2017 12:11
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2019 17:24
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/82301

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