Halle’s An Oscar Winner But Not Biting Her Tongue, Voices Frustration
We all remember when Halle Berry made history when she won the 2002 Oscar Award for Best Actress. Her speech was one of the realest, rawest, and most heartfelt words we’d seen at the Oscars in a long time. Recently while speaking at the 2016 Makers Conference, Halle voiced her disappointed with the organization that gave her an award 14 years ago.
“Honestly, that win almost 15 years ago was iconic, it was important to me, but I had the knowing in the moment that it was bigger than me,” Berry said. “I believed that in that moment, that when I said, ‘The door tonight has been opened,’ I believed that with every bone in my body that this was going to incite change because this door, this barrier, had been broken. And to sit here almost 15 years later, and knowing that another woman of color has not walked through that door, is heartbreaking. It’s heartbreaking, because I thought that moment was bigger than me. It’s heartbreaking to start to think maybe it wasn’t bigger than me. Maybe it wasn’t. And I so desperately felt like it was.”
Halle also got down to the core of the problem, and that is that the decision makers and green lighters in Hollywood lack a ridiculous amount of diversity and are still operating like they’re living in the early 1900’s. Well, Halle didn’t really say it like that, but that’s how we interpreted it and I totally agree. See what Halle said about it here:
“It’s really about truth-telling,” Berry continued. “And as filmmakers and as actors, we have a responsibility to tell the truth. And the films, I think, that are coming out of Hollywood aren’t truthful. And the reason they’re not truthful, these days, is that they’re not really depicting the importance and the involvement and the participation of people of color in our American culture.”
After last night’s fiasco that was the Oscar Awards, The Academy organization might wanna think about diversifying their board sooner than their planned 2020 diversity plan, because by then, social media will probably tear them to shreds. It’s a new day, and now that all people have large platforms on social media to make their voices heard, these major corporations’ and media outlets’ old way of doing business is gonna start affecting their bottom line…and we’re pretty sure they don’t want that.
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