Academy tragedies

By Dakota Fisher
This story also appears, in part, in the March print edition

Welcome, ladies and gentlemen to the eighty-seventh annual Academy Awards! Tonight, we will spend a total of five minutes talking about actors’ and actresses work and achievements, and another hour and fifty five minutes doing floor-to-ceiling shots of women’s dresses and questioning them about their style as opposed to asking them questions about their craft, or their thoughts and views on issues that are important to society.

The world has gotten so caught up on this year’s trend that we have refused to take the time to appreciate true hard work. Award shows are not fashion shows. The red carpet is not a runway. Of course people dress up in their finest clothes and look marvellous, beautiful, stunning, and any other synonym for pretty the English language has to offer, but why do networks insist on shoving the “Who Wore It Best” segment down the throats of their viewers?

“Do you do this to the guys too?” actress Cate Blanchett asked E! News’ Glam Cam at the Screen Actors Guild award show, as a cameraman scanned her dress and a spokesperson recited details of the designer.

In media, women and their bodies have become entertainment. From slut-shaming women for too little clothing, to calling those who choose to wear more layers than the average woman too reserved, today’s society cannot be pleased.

“Comments ranging from a bit sexist but harmless, to sexually aggressive is thought to be something that ‘just happens,’ this is the casual objectification of women,” said MVHS Alumni Brittany Satterfield. “Being a common thought, people start to think maybe we should suck it up, lie down, and accept defeat? I don’t think so. Objectification, whatever form it is in, is not something anyone should have to ‘just deal with.’ ”

Actresses do not choose to become actresses because they want to be asked a million questions about unimportant things. Why not use their power in media to promote equal rights or to encourage image equality instead of intruding on their home life and interviewing them about the latest scandal?

I hope that as 2015 begins we use actors’ and actresses’ power in the media to make the world a better place and reward them for their hard work, instead of filling the airways with pointless drama and the objectification of women. Why not let it be universally know that yes, women are beautiful, but do not let beauty get in the way of intellect.