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Every year, I watch more than 30 Academy Award nominated movies and review them for violence, sexism, and ageism.
The reason I take the time to do this is that I think that movie makers can do a much better job producing movies that are meaningful instead of junk.
I usually don’t write about the Academy Awards show. I pick what I think are the best movies, which only occasionally matches what the academy selects.
However, there were several disappointing moments in the program Sunday.
The three women comedians – Wanda Sykes, Amy Schumer, and Regina Hall – mostly did an O.K. job. I liked Sykes’s joke about Venus and Serena Williams finally made the movies – in a story about their father.
What I highly object to is Hall’s segment where she called single men to the stage saying they had failed their covid tests and needed to have another. Hall, pictured above, said the test involved her swabbing “the back of your mouth with my tongue.” Then, she gave two of them a pat down. Very inappropriate. Women shouldn’t be treated like sex objects; men shouldn’t be either.
I was also disappointed by the new emphasis in some of the gowns women wore to show as much as their breasts as possible. It didn’t seem glamorous to me.
On the slap, Chris Rock was inappropriate to make a tasteless and offensive joke about Jade Pinkett Smith’s hair. She has alopecia, which is hair loss. Rock should apologize for the joke. Will Smith should apologize for slapping Rock, which he did on Monday.
Now, let’s move on.
I had wondered if the joke was in the script, since the Academy Awards program is highly scripted. However, the joke was an ad-lib, it was reported Monday.