Unless you’ve been non-existent on the Internet lately or paying zero attention, you’ve seen all of the controversy surrounding the Academy Awards (for the second year in a row) and the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite being used basically everywhere (like I just said, for the second year in a row).
It truly is disappointing seeing so many actors pushed to the side and not receiving the recognition they deserve for the abundance of talent they show on the big, and even the small, screen (I know the Oscars are for film, but I’m just making a point). And I know there are people out there who consider award shows silly or not worth their time but these awards can be such an incredible honor for actors and a dream come true in their career. Plus being acknowledged for your work is an incredible feeling, especially by your peers, which is why the SAG Awards are one of my favorite awards shows.
I’ve seen people respond to this controversy in many different ways. I personally don’t support the downright negative reactions just throwing out hateful words to make their point or even ‘boycotting.’ Why sit there and whine and cry like a child when you can stand up and try to create ways to bring awareness to this lack of diversity? Come up with an inspirational response, something that could help make this #OscarsSoWhite a problem of the past.
Gina Rodriguez did just that. She decided to celebrate Latino actors and actresses through social media with #MovementMondays. And I absolutely give her all the praise for this!
Rodriguez started things off with one of my favorite actors, Oscar Isaac.
Movement Monday’s. This is Oscar Isaac. He is a Guatemalan American actor. … https://t.co/LbcnNw0yjH
— Gina Rodriguez (@HereIsGina) January 25, 2016
The caption she included with the photo reads:
Movement Monday’s. This is Oscar Isaac. He is a Guatemalan American actor. This is a picture from Ex Machina directed by Alex Garland and was released this past year. With all this Oscar Talk and lack of diversity I decided to start a movement and speak from the perspective of a Latina American who desires to see more Latinos on screen. There are 55 million Latinos in this country and although we all come from various backgrounds our unity can make a movie explode at the box office or a tv show sore to the highest viewers possible. The better these projects do financially, the more money they will spend on putting Latinos In blockbuster films, as leads in tv shows Etc. My solution is this, support is needed. Right now there isn’t one Latino that can Greenlight a movie. That means no studio will put their money behind a Latino face as a lead of a movie because they don’t believe we can make their money back. I am told time and time again “Latinos dont watch Latino Movies. Latinos don’t support each other” and sadly that is true. I’m not saying go and see a movie you don’t like to blind support, im saying if you want to see us represented on film and tv, if you want to see Latinos nominated for Oscars, we NEED to support one another. The industry sees money, the excuse can’t be racism. We can make a difference in a very powerful way if we unite our support as one Latino community. Oscar Isaac, in my opinion had an Oscar worthy performance in this film. Let’s start making noise with where it matters most, where we put our dollars. Go support these films, watch these shows (mine is on tonight by the way, shameless promotion feel free to watch on the CW) and we can take making a change into our own hands. Each Monday I will highlight a latino actor we can support. Let us use our numbers and powerful voices to prove we support one another, to prove we can make a box office hit, to prove they need to support all the various Latino cultures in the media. That can be one part of the solution, so next year we have many movies that are worthy of Oscar contention! #MovementMondays Pick any Latino currently working we can support!
Now THAT is how you do it, Gina! Inspire. Inform. Spread positivity. Help to make diversity something we always see because that’s the way it should be.
And yes, her movement is only for Latinos but that doesn’t mean this won’t spark more movements. It’s a start and I respect Gina so much for deciding to do this. But, of course, some people took what she did and said the wrong way.
Here is her awesome response to those who saw her movement negatively:
Do not misinterpret my heart. pic.twitter.com/BenPuMeA5Z
— Gina Rodriguez (@HereIsGina) January 26, 2016
Here’s to hoping this simple yet creative movement can help even in the smallest way. And Gina’s inspiration has definitely pushed me to finally catch up on Jane the Virgin. I know, I can sense your incredulous looks if you’re a fan of the show! I have seen first hand through social media how much fans love this show so you can guarantee there will be a Jane the Virgin binge-a-thon happening for me ASAP!
You rock, Gina Rodriguez! There’s no doubt you’re on my list of inspirational ladies and hello belated #WomanCrushWednesday!
Until next time, leave your thoughts on this awards show season below and hey, why not spread some positivity and inspiration of your own today!