When ‘Brokeback Mountain’ was nominated for the Academy Awards, the overwhelming consensus amongst film critics was it had no chance of winning because of the subject matter.
Then it won and the critics were silenced.
Then came ‘Moonlight’.
This time, the critics knew better than to dismiss it on the basis of its subject matter.
However, being a black film, the same film critics predicted if had no chance of winning.
But it did and the critics were silenced again.
Why Did Moonlight Win the Oscars?
My question here is, if it was an ordinary black film with what is considered a conventional subject matter, would it have won?
I don’t think so.
I am not sure it would have even gotten a nomination, let alone win.
This is in no way a disrespect to the makers of Moonlight.
Personally, I am convinced it deserved to win.
But there have been other really good black films that deserve the Oscar that were not even nominated.
Coming to America’ comes to mind.
Anyone who knows about film will agree ‘Coming to America’ is one of the best films of all time, yet it did not win the Oscars.
LGBTQ Struggle Strategy
LGBTQ are as oppressed as black people.
In fact, they are even more oppressed than us.
There are countries where it’s a crime to be gay.
Despite those challenges, the LGBTQ community is a strong and vibrant community.
They are very influential and have managed to shape their own narrative.
How have they done it?
Certainly not by protesting.
They have stopped the protesting strategy years ago because they know it does not work.
The reality is this…
No one give a sh**t about minorities.
LGBTQ or blacks.
People are busy trying to survive, the plight of minorities is the last thing on their minds.
The LGBTQ communities know that, which is why they have moved away from protest to other effective strategies.
LBGTQ New Strategies
Product placement has become the core strategy of the LGBTQ community.
This is the reason they sponsor films with LGBTQ themes.
And they ensure those films win the biggest prize in the film industry.
Another one of their strategies, is strategically placing themselves in the corridors of power.
Both politics and business.
The ‘Pride parade’ is a massive money spinner for many cities.
Cities are falling over themselves to host the ‘Pride parade’ because they know it’s a revenue generator.
They have also strategically placed themselves in the most important global boardrooms.
Having a seat at the table has provided them massive influence and leverage.
I just got through listening to Malcom Gladwell’s podcast called ‘Generous Orthodoxy’.
He concluded the podcast by saying “you must respect the body you are trying to heal”.
The LGBTQ community understands this concept, which is why instead of protesting, they are buying their way into society’s consciousness.
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