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The rich history of social movements at awards shows

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Awards season: a time of year synonymous with statement fashion, celebrity tears and intense media coverage capturing every minute detail. However, in recent years, award shows seem to have adopted a new staple: political commentary. In the wake of the Trump presidency, stars have taken to the stage to criticize the President and the overall political climate, both directly and indirectly. Additionally, political movements such as Time’s Up and Black Lives Matter have left their mark on the awards circuit, often featuring high-profile celebrities publicly endorsing the movements. While many see this as a positive stride towards change, just as many have complained that awards shows have become “too political.” Like it or not, this phenomenon isn’t entirely new; awards shows bear a long history of political commentary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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