People say that your senior year of high school is supposed to be your easiest, most stress-free, and enjoyable year of all the four years that you spend in high school. And for the most part, that is true. However, they forget to inform you of the fact that the first few months are actually some of the most challenging and stressful months that you will ever experience before entering adulthood. This is largely because those months are filled to the brim with filling out applications, writing essays, recalling all you did your previous years in high school to fit them into a resume and so much more.
When the Golden Globe Nominees were announced this month, many took to the internet to express their outrage at the disappointing ‘snubs’ and the outrageous nominations. A common theme that most found in the nominations was that many excellent BIPOC-led movies and TV shows were ignored or not given enough attention, while mediocre white-led ones were nominated instead. Among the 40 acting nominees for TV, only two Black actors were nominated, while only two Black women were nominated across all TV and film categories. Perhaps the most shocking of the nominations was the fact that ‘I May Destroy You’, a Black-led TV show that blew up last year and explored sexual assault in a helpful and deep way, was completely ignored by the Golden Globes, while ‘Emily in Paris’, an overdone chick flick, was nominated for two awards. This is, of course, not a new phenomenon – just a few years ago, the Oscars were criticized for not having sufficiently diverse nominations, with the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite trending. But why is it so common for excellent works of art by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) to be ignored, while mediocre projects by white artists are excessively celebrated?
WRITTEN BY: Elisabeth Hoole