Lady Gaga 88th Oscar performance was dedicated to sexual assault victims. “Til It Happens To You” is nominated for best Original Song. The singer was introduced by Vice President Biden, who talks about the White House’s campaign “It’s On Us” against sexual assault.
“Too many women and men on and off college campuses are still victims of sexual abuse. Let’s change the culture,” he told the crowd. “We must and we can change the culture so that abused women or men like the ones you will see tonight will never have to ask themselves, ‘What did I do?’ They did nothing wrong.”
The singer opened up about her connection to the track last month.
“I just want to say thank you to everyone who has supported this film. It’s not only an important issue to me, but it’s an important issue to my family,” she said at 27th annual Producers Guild of America Awards on January 23. “Because when my father’s sister was in college, she was sexually assaulted, and then it caused her so much torment that it caused the lupus that she had to get so bad that she died.”
“My father was 16 and it affected my family really tremendously my whole life,” she added. “So this song means so much to me and so much to my parents.”
This is the second consecutive year that Gaga has graced the Oscars with her talent. At the 2015 ceremony, she stunned the audience with a jaw-dropping tribute to The Sound of Music.
The beautiful Scandal star, Kerry Washington, express her views on the boycotting Oscars and the lack of diversity in the 2016 nominations.
“I respect and admire the people who aren’t here,” Washington, 39, said on the red carpet. “For me, my voice is best used at the table. As a new member of the Academy, I really want to be a part of the conversation so there is institutional change so we never have this again.”
Added the actress, “We need all those voices at the table. It’s about women, people of color, it’s about age.”
Many A-list stars have contributed to the conversation about the lack of diversity including George Clooney, O’Shea Jackson Jr., David Oyelowo, Ava DuVernay, Al Sharpton and Idris Elba.
Spike Lee, Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith are all skipping the Oscars ceremony this year.
*I totally understand why people are boycotting but I believe there has to be someone attending, to represent those individuals who would like to be nominated. Kerry Washington is doing a good thing. OnPoint!*
In other news, Kerry Washington’s leg is making all the headlines. By tomorrow her leg will have its own social media page, like Angelina Jolie’s leg was once.
Chris Rock opens up the 88th Academy Awards with a touchy but important topic of controversy, surrounding the “So White” Oscars. The comedian kept it tasteful and funny.
Over the course of few months people have been upset with the nominations that didn’t include any black actors an actresses. Although there were writers that where Caucasian who were nominated like, Straight Outta Compton, screenplay writers Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff.
Take a look at his monologue below and tell us your thoughts. Is Hollywood racist?