GQ Writer Sophia Benoit Targets 1917: “Where Are The Stories About Not-White-Men’s Lives?”
GQ writer Sophia Benoit targeted the latest World War I film 1917 and questioned, "Where are the stories about not-white-men's lives?"
The controversies, if you can call them that, surrounding the 2020 Oscar nominations continue. This time GQ writer Sophia Benoit took issue with the World War I film, 1917.
The film 1917 is a World War I drama that follows two British soldiers who are tasked with delivering a message across enemy lines in an attempt to stop an attack that could kill hundreds of soldiers.
You can catch the trailer below:
Benoit specifically took issue with the fact that the film was even made and questioned why this type of war film is being made when she wants movies about “not-white men’s lives.”
Off the bat, it’s an ironic and overly ridiculous question if you just look at the number of times Little Women has been adapted to both film and TV.
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In a now deleted series of tweets Benoit wrote, “I’m not ‘upset’ that there weren’t many women in the movie 1917; I f****** get that there were not very many women in trenches. The qustion is why does that story keep getting told?”
She added, “If you think there aren’t/werent’ fascinating women’s-only or female/femme-dominated spaces in this world with their own stories to be told, you’re delusional.”
She then concluded saying she wasn’t “upset or mad” and insinuated she hadn’t even seen the film.
Benoit wrote, “Folks, I’m not even ‘upset’ or ‘made’ or w/e that 1917 got made. I’m sure it’s great! That’s outside the question at hand which is where are the stories about not-white-men’s lives & why are they still not getting made?”
She added, “I know the answers; I want more people to ask the questions.”
Benoit would not be the only one to vent their frustration at the Oscar Nominations for the supposed lack of females.
In one such case, a piece from the New York Times stated: “Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences largely maintained its traditional point of view, handing out the most nominations to four very male, very white movies.”
ScreenRant’s Kayleigh Donaldson wrote on Twitter, “Since the Oscars suck with representation of female film-makers, here’s a list of movies coming out in 2020 directed by women!”
Since the Oscars suck with representation of female film-makers, here’s a list of movies coming out in 2020 directed by women! pic.twitter.com/DjlG0iZNhe
— Kayleigh Donaldson (@Ceilidhann) January 14, 2020
Diep Tran of the New York Times was also highly critical of what she claims is a non-diverse pool of contenders for the Oscars. She even compared the list of nominations to the current Democratic primary.
She wrote, “What started out as a diverse pool of candidates is now just another fight between a bunch of white people.”
Tran then declared that her statement could apply to the Democratic party race for President or the Oscars, “I could be talking about the Democratic race or the Oscars. It’s universal!”
What started out as a diverse pool of candidates is now just another fight between a bunch of white people.
I could be talking about the Democratic race or the Oscars. It’s universal!
— Diep Tran ♀️ (@diepthought) January 13, 2020
Even the UN’s entity for gender equality and women’s empowerment chimed in to criticize the fact a woman wasn’t nominated for Best Director.
“It’s an honour just to be nominated,” no woman director will say at the #Oscars — once again in 2020.
Only 5 women have ever been nominated for best director in the award’s history. pic.twitter.com/vTQTewcQA3
— UN Women (@UN_Women) January 14, 2020
Progressive outlet NowThis created a short video about the 2020 Oscar nominations calling them “so white and so male.” Interestingly enough the video is not with some hypocrisy as it recognizes the first Korean movie to be nominated for Best Picture.
However, they lamented that none of the actors from the film got nominations in the acting categories.
The 2020 Oscar nominations are so white and so male pic.twitter.com/rfvZ9YsDxq
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) January 14, 2020
This isn’t the first time the Oscars have come under fire from those who demand artificial representation. Back in 2015, the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite was created by activist April Reign to criticize the lack of minority representation in the lead and supporting actors categories.
That debate still came up during last year’s Oscar awards when Reign told Variety at the red carpet that they weren’t done talking about representation until “We are no longer having these conversations about firsts…”
When people ask #OscarsSoWhite creator April Reign if #OscarsSoWhite is still an issue, “My answer is absolutely yes. Until we are no longer having these conversations about firsts in 2019.” #Oscars pic.twitter.com/EXb8IesIpv
— Variety (@Variety) February 24, 2019
The 2020 Oscars will air on February 9th on ABC and they will not be hosted by Kevin Hart.