Why Hollywood’s “Blackout” Affair is Just Another Victory For The Elite
The Golden Globes was a blackout affair that was encouraged by the current climate of awareness and the various movements that have been initiated by notables who are still trying to work out the logistics of who started what.
(We know that Tarana Burke started the #MeToo movement)
Truth be told — I wasn’t sold on the idea of an “all-black” ceremony for many reasons — but mainly because I have a difficult time buying into the bling bling of the elite who strategically pick and choose what items to highlight.
There’s no doubt that we should have zero tolerance for any behavior that creates a culture that feeds the selfish appetites of ravenous abusers on the prowl — who’ve been positioned with the guarantee of unlimited access to hapless victims.
It’s also brave for anyone with the misfortune of falling into the gaping jaws of verbal and physical mistreatment — to speak their truth and encourage the viral cleansing — that is currently rebooting the entertainment industry with gusto.
However — as a woman of color — and a Black woman at that — it’s hard to ignore the blatant disregard for those who’ve been brutalized by the system — the ones who made headlines and got virtually no recognition for the fate they suffered — at the hands of a system that was wired for their demise.
Where were these decked out women in black when Sandra Bland was violently yanked from her car and squashed into the concrete ground? Where were the cries for justice from White celebs when Korryn Gaines was literally executed in front of her children by home invaders dressed like the militia? Where was the call to duty when Diamond Reynolds and her daughter were terrorized by a White police officer?
And most importantly — it’s incredible that on a night that was supposedly dedicated to the mission of ending the suffering of women — who’ve borne the shame and burden of being unwilling targets in an organized scheme — implemented for their ultimate downfall — there was no mention of Erica Garner — who recently passed away at the tender age of 27.
Recy Taylor was given her due by Oprah — who used her big moment to hail the crowd and viewers with a rousing speech that will surely be logged as one of the best of its kind.
But, it’s abundantly clear that the Globes serve as just another victory for Hollywood’s elite who only show up when the flash bulbs capture the well-documented efforts — that never require more than what they’re able to sacrifice at any given time.
It’s also a racial issue — based on the fact that the actresses who are benefitting from the #MeToo campaign are mostly White and are already staging their highly-anticipated comebacks.
Actress Rose McGowan who to be fair has been consistent in her cause to expose the vileness of her perpetrators — and who also expressed her displeasure with the “Hollywood Fakery” of “black solidarity” — has landed a reality show on E! — titled “Citizen Rose.”
Actresses Annabella Sciorra and Mira Sorvina who alleged that their careers were halted indefinitely due to the scorn of disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein — are also on their way to a revived trajectory with a growing pipeline of projects.
There’s nothing wrong with a good comeback story that offers heroines the chance to be validated with a clean slate and revamped reputation. A speedy recovery after the horror show plays out and the truths are readily embraced is an ideal solution — that has taken years in the making.
The only problem is that the Hollywood way of recovering from the debris of injustice is not transferable — and often times paints a picture that can only be translated by those who are privileged enough to move forward with the healing of signed contracts — and chairs on lots that bear their names.
The victims strewn all over the globe who don’t have the power or audacity to admit their truths for fear of being shunned or even killed — are still suffering and really don’t give a shit about the entertainers that dressed all in black to celebrate the freedom and validity that may never manifest in their lifetime.
The work being done by those in the trenches is ongoing and they simply don’t have the time to pick out bedazzled gowns or velvet suits to match the hue of activism — because of the dire nature of the task at hand.
From dowry deaths to the violent mutilation of young girls via genital cutting to honor killings — the headlines are flashed in our direction daily — but most of us choose to ignore them because they rarely garner enough views to trend. And of course the bleak plight of Black women and children in America never necessitate action from the same community of women who are begging us to join them in the fight that conveniently hits close enough to home.
The industry’s agenda as engaging as it is — doesn’t have the capacity to encompass all it should in order to gratifyingly assuage the naysayers who see this as an event that will soon shut its doors — once its reached full capacity.
Hollywood loves to put on a spectacle when it’s profitable and familiarly indulgent — but the #truth is that if you’re going to care about the safety and livelihood of women — it has to apply to ALL women.