The Oscars played in Angela Bassett’s face again, and in the wake of that disappointing moment, all white media can talk about is how she didn’t smile and clap for Jamie Lee Curtis, a Hollywood nepo baby, who won for what essentially amounted to a cameo in this year’s biggest winning movie.
Listen. As a Black woman, I have grown weary of the expectation that we are going to remain cool, calm, collected, and composed at all times — even in the face of direct adversity.
Angela Bassett is a grown ass Black woman with real feelings and emotions, and she is allowed to have those real feelings and emotions when it comes to getting snubbed for what amounts to one of the biggest honors in her chosen career field.
The idea that she needs to respond to what amounts to a slap in the face (pun fully intended) with a smile and grace is egregious and insulting.
Meanwhile, we have seen video after video of white women losing their minds over the tiniest of “slights.”
White women have attacked Black boys and accused them of stealing cell phones that are eventually discovered to have been misplaced by the white woman in question.
White women have called the police because Black people were barbecuing in the park, and that made them uncomfortable.
White women have called the police because a Black man asked them to leash their dog in Central Park, and they consider that an inconvenience and an affront.
White women have completely lost their noodles in the middle of a busy store and yelled loudly about how they were told by Apple Care…
White women are afforded all the opportunity in the world to feel their feelings and even act on those feelings in public, but a Black woman being disappointed over not winning one of the biggest honors in her chosen field of work is too much for people.
I wrote about this for theGrio because I’m tired of this rhetoric. Read “The Oscars played in Angela Bassett’s face again, and she doesn’t have to be gracious about it“