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Oscar Snubs and Diversity Issues Create #OscarsSoWhite
By: Cindy Wendland
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One of our favorite neighborhood parties was our Oscars party. The invites were glitzy and the attire was black tie. Guests arrived to a red-carpet entrance and the food was in keeping with the evening. It was a wonderful time and so much fun that we really didn’t hear much of the awards program. But we love the Oscars, so this year we are scrutinizing the Oscars more closely in advance. Here is what is happening.

We love our movies, Hollywood, and glitz. When the Oscar nominations came out recently, the news surprised some and disappointed others. There are usually shockers as to the movies and actors who are nominated and overlooked. The bigger theme this year is that we still haven’t moved past the point of diversity. Why this continues to be an issue is dumbfounding.

Unless you have encountered discrimination, you may think it doesn’t exist. This is true for all types of bad behavior, whether it is bullying or outright discrimination. The examples that have played out in our Midwest city have both surprised and shocked people. Most people would think that since the civil rights events of the ’60s, we have made progress. Those experiencing discrimination will tell you that it simply went underground and exists prevalently today.

Attorney and blogger April Reign created the Twitter hashtag #OscarsSoWhite as a high-profile example of discrimination in the Oscar nominations. There were many black actors who were overlooked yet again this year. They feel the problem is that Hollywood has structural racism. When many corporations have a diversity department to keep all people on a level playing field, perhaps Hollywood and the Oscars needs a diversity department. Or perhaps they just need to recognize achievement wherever and in whomever it exists.

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About the Author
Cindy Wendland has a background in marketing and finance. She is the creative director for an online men's health magazine, BrainBrawnBody.com, and she gets to write their leisure/travel blog. She is also a web designer helping her clients with online community engagement, websitesbywendland.com. Prior to her web years, she worked in pharmacy consulting.
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