Some of the best and most noteworthy tweets of #OscarsSoWhite.

Some of the best and most noteworthy tweets of #OscarsSoWhite.
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#OscarsSoWhite that they waited until the think pieces came out to decide how they felt about this.

If you've been near the Internet or a TV today, you probably heard that the Oscar nominations were announced. As it does every year, the conversation quickly turned to the question of who got snubbed. There was a lot of consensus around two major snubs: 1.) The LEGO Movie, and 2.) all non-white people (and women, but society can only handle talking about either race or gender at any given time). Within hours, the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite took off, and defined the discourse for the day. Twitter user, attorney and digital media consultant @ReignOfApril is credited with starting it.

Soon, it was everywhere.

Most of them were pretty amusing jokes, but a lot of them wanted to make sure the point of the hashtag was clear to everyone.

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As Chris Rock famously stated earlier this year, Hollywood is still a white industry.

And there are also some issues with, erm, the types of roles that minorities still win for when they are elected.

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All this is important, because although most of the anti-#OscarsSoWhite tweets were predictably so, so very white, but not the goofy-haha kind, the oh-god-you're-making-the-rest-of-us-white-people-look-terrible-right-now kind.

It's also been widely pointed out that the last time there was this little diversity in the nominations was 17 years ago. So, the issue here has nothing to do with any of the specific white folks nominated, but with the feeling that not only are black filmmakers and actors being routinely overlooked, the progress that we've made as a culture may be more ephemeral than we hoped. Also, there's a persistent and disturbing tendency to dismiss any complaints as race-baiting.

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But mostly, people tried to address it with humor.

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