#OscarsSoWhite that they waited until the think pieces came out to decide how they felt about this.
#OscarsSoWhite that the statue counts as a Person Of Color.
— Hari Kondabolu (@harikondabolu) January 15, 2015
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.
#OscarsSoWhite it wears shorts during the winter.
— April (@ReignOfApril) January 15, 2015
Soon, it was everywhere.
#OscarsSoWhite they thought #Selma was about Marge Simpson's sister.
— Ricky Carmona (@RickyCarmona) January 15, 2015
#OscarsSoWhite they're remaking Margaret Cho's Golden Globes bit with Scarlett Johansson
— Arthur Chu (@arthur_affect) January 15, 2015
#OscarsSoWhite Steve Scalise denied speaking to them
— Patrick (@QuadCityPat) January 15, 2015
Chile, with this pic, I'm gonna need some sun block #OscarsSoWhite pic.twitter.com/7DhVGlVAjH
— Viktor T Kerney (@wondermann5) January 15, 2015
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.
I feel I need to remind some folks: #OscarsSoWhite isn't an attack on white people. It's more commentary on the system that favors white ppl
— #Him's Bass Singer (@KeenePOV) January 15, 2015
#Oscarssowhite they can't see a problem in this - The diversity gap in the Academy Awards #Oscars2015 #OscarNomspic.twitter.com/UOZLOM9Mnl"
— Media Diversified (@WritersofColour) January 15, 2015
As Chris Rock famously stated earlier this year, Hollywood is still a white industry.
#OscarsSoWhite: The Academy is 94% White. 77% male. Median age: 62. 2% Black members. Thinks a BW prez makes these stats ok.
— Trudy (@thetrudz) January 15, 2015
And there are also some issues with, erm, the types of roles that minorities still win for when they are elected.
#OscarsSoWhite they haven't shifted their selection process in 87 years #OscarNoms pic.twitter.com/oMB1mVXUZ0
— Glen Coco (@MrPooni) January 15, 2015
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.
#OscarsSoWhite Yeah! We need awards for blackest actor, most Asian director, best original screenplay by a latino.
— THE AMAZING ATHEIST! (@amazingatheist) January 15, 2015
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.
#OscarsSoWhite they think "#OscarsSoWhite" is racist.
— Dwayne David Paul (@DwayneDavidPaul) January 15, 2015
#OscarsSoWhite they just asked why you aren't protesting black on black crime
— Ijeoma Oluo (@IjeomaOluo) January 15, 2015
But mostly, people tried to address it with humor.
#OscarsSoWhite Exodus was snubbed because it was too diverse.
— Dave Zirin (@EdgeofSports) January 15, 2015
Congrats to the best director nominees. #OscarsSoWhite pic.twitter.com/wH5cHZzaEY
— jabariasim (@jabariasim) January 15, 2015
#OscarsSoWhite it sees nothing wrong with Halloween blackface
— Elle (@spokenELLE) January 15, 2015
#OscarsSoWhite they couldn't see race in this photo but they felt this hashtag was too "divisive" pic.twitter.com/0UzzhuT6PA
— JollyBlackGiant (@CandyCornball) January 15, 2015
#OscarsSoWhite "well why don't you make your own....Wait, an all Black award show is SO racist!"
— ItchyAreola (@radrebellion) January 15, 2015
#OscarsSoWhite it gets off with a warning
— reallynow (@raread) January 15, 2015
#OscarsSoWhite They've asked Fred Armisen to play Obama in the opening number.
— The Daily Edge (@TheDailyEdge) January 15, 2015
#OscarsSoWhite They are satisfied with themselves for participating in this hashtag.
— Jill Morris (@JillMorris) January 15, 2015
#OscarsSoWhite he's pretty sure whatever you're worried about was a "false flag."
— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) January 15, 2015
#OscarsSoWhite they prefaced each nomination with, "I'm not racist, but..."
— Anne T. Donahue (@annetdonahue) January 15, 2015
#OscarsSoWhite that, if they made a movie about it to ease their guilt, it would STILL star & be directed/produced by white people
— lancegould (@lancegould) January 15, 2015
#OscarsSoWhite They wanted to know why Selma wasn't centered around LBJ. I'm not making this one up.
— Nessa. (@curlyheadRED) January 15, 2015
#OscarsSoWhite They didn't see Selma but their housekeeper said it was really good.
— Fed-Up AMPAS Member. (@thewayoftheid) January 15, 2015
#OscarsSoWhite they don't see race. Or movies with black folks in it, apparently.
— Fed Up Nephew (@Awkward_Duck) January 15, 2015