February 23, 2015
So...the Oscars have officially closed the book on another year. Lots of celebs seemingly partaking in the mutual admiration society while a handful of speeches and performances delivered a healthy dose of inspiration. But did you see something new? You may have noticed it last month as the 2015 award season got underway. A few of our Hollywood elite are saying,"No." Specifically to the repetitious two questions from the red carpet entertainment reporters. You know what I'm talking about. "Who are you wearing and what jewels are you sporting for the event?" Seriously, for as long as I can remember, that's all they ask!
Well, things they are a changin'. Thanks to the grassroots Bay Area organization called The Representation Project. An organization that is responsible for highlighting issues that have been overshadowed by an uber critical, highly judgmental society.
Our leading female actors like Reese Witherspoon, Patricia Arquette, and Julianne Moore are blatantly rejecting the mundane red carpet conversation and, as a result, are forcing entertainment reporters to #askhermore. A hashtag that has gone viral and has award show viewers asking for more than a couple of superficial questions that don't have anything to do with the average American.
It has been a bit of a game change for reporters from networks like E! When requests to have the female actors walk their fingers into the Mani Cam were rejected early in the award season, they scraped it altogether for the Oscars. And it was clear that they were making more of an effort to engage the group of A-listers with more thought-provoking questions.
The efforts of The Representation Project has been mighty impressive and is showing no signs of slowing down. I highly recommend following them on Facebook or Twitter if this blog resonates with you.