We don’t have to tell Gina Rodriguez that she’s kicking a$$ because she knows it!
On a new episode of “I Yahoo’d Myself,” the actress told it like it is, “If we want to talk about real life, I slay, OK? Like, slaaaaaayyy!”
Rodriguez was talking about the difficulties of fitting into Hollywood norms with host Joe Zee. “It was going to be very difficult for me to fit into Hollywood’s perception of what an ingenue is or a leading lady.” But, IRL, Rodriguez sees herself as a damn good leading lady.
The two also gabbed about inner beauty, lingerie and makeup. “The idea of makeup and hair is to just enhance our inner beauty not hide or deny that what we already begin with, our palette that we begin with is not freaking awesome.”
While Rodriguez admits she’s not a sample size, she confesses she’s not immune to the pressures of the industry, “…Of course I’ve fallen into the culture. One hundred percent I’ve fallen into the culture.” She admits cameras do add 10 pounds, but that’s ok because it’s beautiful, too.
And Rodriguez is a fangirl, just like us. She gushed about her choreographed duet to “Toxic” with Ms. Britney Spears herself and, not-so-secretly, hopes Prince Royces will come on the show to sing…or maybe be a new love interest. ?
In 1973, Marlon Brando famously declined his Oscar for his role in “The Godfather,” to take a stance against Hollywood’s treatment of Native Americans. Actor and activist, Sacheen Littlefeather famously went on stage to refuse the award on Brando’s behalf at the ceremony. It’s only taken a mere 46 years since that day, but this year, a Native American actor finally received the recognition he deserves and was awarded an Oscar for his talent.
Hollywood’s complicated relationship with Native Americans goes back to the industry’s earliest movies set in the Wild West.
Nearly 50 years ago, Marlon Brando decided to make good use of his privileged position to decline the Academy Award as a way to protest the mistreatment of Native American actors in the film industry. When Sacheen Littlefeather came to deliver the speech, she told the listeners of the program about the racially-based aggression she experienced including how actor John Wayne was held back by security because he was outraged by Littlefeather.
It only took Hollywood nearly 50 years, but this weekend, the Academy finally recognized the first Native American actor with an award.
During Sunday’s Governors Awards, a special ceremony that hands out honorary Oscars for lifetime achievement and humanitarian causes, the Native American actor and Vietnam war veteran was given an honorary award for career achievement.
Wes Studi’s career has spanned nearly 30 years and it hasn’t always been easy.
Studi, a Vietnam War veteran who was an advocate for Native American issues before he pursued a career as an actor, first appeared in a small role in Kevin Costner’s “Dances With Wolves,” but made a searing impression as the villain Magua in Michael Mann’s 1992 epic “The Last of the Mohicans.” His casting as the leading character in Walter Hill’s “Geronimo: An American Legend”(1993) was a milestone for Hollywood —some studios at the time demanded that Hill cast a white actor in the lead role.
Though Studi was featured in many films, he had never been nominated for an award over the course of his career.
Though Studi has featured in many projects centered on Native American history (“Into the West,” “The New World,” “Hostiles”), he has also been one of Hollywood’s most reliable and memorable character actors for a generation, with a varied portfolio of work, including a role as a grizzled cop in “Heat” (1995), a mysterious superhero in “Mystery Men”(1999), and an alien patriarch in “Avatar”(2009). Studi, who this weekend became the first Native American actor to win an Oscar, had never even been nominated over the course of his long career.
Christian Bale, who presented Studi with the award, put a finer point on the issue and called out all the people in the room.
“Too few opportunities in film have gone to Native or indigenous artists, and we’re a room full of people who can change that,” said Christian Bale, Studi’s Hostiles co-star, who presented him with the Oscar. “I’d simply like to say, it’s about time,” said Studi, who delivered much of his speech in Cherokee. “It’s been a wild and wonderful ride, and I’m really proud to be here tonight as the first indigenous Native American to receive an Academy Award. It’s a humbling honor to receive an award for something I love to do.”
The Governor Awards were ideated as a standalone ceremony —separate from the Oscars, to create a free space for winners and presenters to speak and be celebrated with no time restraints.
The honorary Oscar used to be given out as part of the main ceremony. It was a stately portion of the broadcast that required a long introduction, a grand video montage of the honoree’s work, and usually a rambling speech from the winner. In 2009, concerns about long-running times led to the creation of the Governors Awards, a non-televised ceremony held at the Grand Ballroom of the Hollywood and Highland Center.
Taking the special awards out of the hugely televised ceremony —and the hands of aggrieved network-TV executives— has actually been a benefit for the Oscars, lending the Governors Awards their own atmosphere of genuine acclaim where the winners and presenters can speak a little more candidly and without commercially motivated time restrictions.
Meanwhile, fellow honorees Lina Wertmüller and Geena Davis called for gender parity in Hollywood.
“She would like to change the Oscar to a feminine name,” Isabella Rossellini said, translating Italian director Lina Wertmüller’s acceptance speech for her honorary Oscar. “She would like to call it ‘Anna.’ Women in the room, please scream, ‘We want Anna, a female Oscar!’”
Wertmüller’s speech was the capstone of a night devoted to upending some of Hollywood’s most exclusionary traditions and celebrating some of its outsiders. Not only was Studi the first Native American to be recognized by the Academy, but Lina Wertmüller became the first woman ever to receive a best director Oscar nomination when she was recognized for 1976’s Seven Beauties.
“How do you correct centuries of patriarchal domination?” the screenwriter, producer, and director, Jane Campion asked. “It started with Lina Wertmüller.”
Campion, together with Little Women director Greta Gerwig, spoke on the history of women nominated for best director by the Academy. “It’s a very short history, more of a haiku,” Campion said, noting that 350 men have been nominated for best director, versus five for women —including herself and Gerwig, who called Wertmüller “a godmother to us all.”
‘Thelma and Louise’ star Geena Davis called out the industry on the very few opportunities of empowerment given to women.
Also during the black-tie dinner, Geena Davis, became the 39th recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, which celebrates “outstanding contributions to humanitarian causes” for building upon her acting career in films like “The Accidental Tourist,” “Beetlejuice,” “Thelma & Louise,” and “A League of Their Own” to become an advocate for gender equality in media.
Davis delivered a version of the gender-parity pitch she has made in recent years, speaking this time to the industry group gathered in the Dolby Ballroom. “Thelma and Louise made me realize how few opportunities we give women to come out of a movie feeling excited and empowered by the female characters,” Davis said. “The message we are sending is that men and boys are far more valuable to us than women and girls. Whatever you’re working on right now, boost the number of female characters…and then, cast me!”
Each year there is a lot of debate over who should receive these Honorary Oscars, as well as the Hersholt and the Irving J. Thalberg Memorial Award (which was not given this year). Governors come prepared to the meeting to advocate for their choices and a well-researched and delivered presentation can make a big difference. Afterward, candidates must receive a certain threshold of votes. No matter the process, one can’t argue that the achievements of this group of filmmakers meet the criteria of what appeared to be the prevailing sentiment at the Governors Awards—that the event was a chance to right past wrongs, to fill in the many gaps of Academy history, and all we can say is; at long last.
As if former Disney star Demi Lovato hadn’t already had a hard enough year, outlets have reported that the actress and singer’s personal images were hacked and distributed to the world this week. According to a report by the Los Angeles Times, Lovato’s personal Snapchat account was hacked on Thursday and released a series of nude photos of the actress.
Fans noticed the nude images on Lovato’s swipe up SnapStory after an odd message had been added to her story earlier that day.
“Join this discord server for my nudes,” the post, which had stayed up for nearly a half-hour read. The message also included a claim by the hacker to have access to a sex tape of the singer. According to fans, the story provided a link that led to various nude images that are supposedly of Lovato.
Lovato has yet to speak out about the attack, however, her fans have come to her defense.
After the posts were shared, Lovato’s fans acted quickly by tweeting SnapChat and the gaming app Discord and asking to have the photos taken down.
“Demi’s Snapchat got hacked. @Discordapp, please remove this server as they are from a hacker tricking people into joining their server for Demi Lovato’s nudes. #DemiLovato,” a Twitter use wrote in a post.
In response to the abuse, Discord released a statement on Friday saying: “We have a zero-tolerance approach to illegal activity on our platform and take immediate action when we become aware of it. We moved quickly yesterday to disable the link and stop access to the server as soon as we became aware of it.”
Lovato’s fans have continued to rally behind the singer and support her.
In response to the hack, one user reminded her followers and fans that Lovato has already had a pretty tragic year.
“Demi Lovato nearly died a year ago, lost one of her close friends only a few days ago due to addiction struggles and now someone feels the need to hack her Snapchat and leak pictures. The world makes me feel physically sick.”
Another fan wrote, “I can’t believe there are really people who are spreading her nudes. To the people who are doing this, y’all are truly heartless. Demi has been through so much s***, and now more s*** is being piled on. She doesn’t deserve this. Let her get better.”
Lovato’s latest attack against her body comes at a time when the singer seems to be embracing it as it is.
Promoting body positivity on Instagram has proved to be a new M.O for the star. Recently she shared an image of herself in a bathing suit with the caption. “his is my biggest fear. A photo of me in a bikini unedited. And guess what, it’s CELLULIT!!!! I’m just literally sooooo tired of being ashamed of my body, editing it (yes the other bikini pics were edited – and I hate that I did that but it’s the truth) so that others think I’m THEIR idea of what beautiful is, but it’s just not me. This is what I got. I want this new chapter in my life to be about being authentic to who I am rather than trying to meet someone else’s standards. So here’s me, unashamed, unafraid and proud to own a body that has fought through so much and will continue to amaze me when I hopefully give birth one day.”
As a celebrity, Lovato’s privacy and personal space is frequently and unfortunately invaded constantly.
It’s a sad day when a woman’s body is used against her for the amusement of others. Particularly when images of her body are distributed to the public without consent and used as a way to expose them. Lovato’s nudes were clearly taken for her own private reasons and should never have been shared or seen by others. Here’s hoping that others watching take this as a learning lesson.
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