Sunday, February 7, 2010

Protest against Avatar and the Oscars on Sunday, March 7, 2010


 First, we want to thank the thousands of people from all over the world who have supported this site and the cause of diversity and tolerance.  Without your support, we wouldn't be where we are today.  Each and every one of you did the right thing and defended our rights.  That is something worth doing at anytime and thank you again.


As you know, we've been talking about the building up on the successful 12/18/09 protest against Avatar.  Despite that success we are very disappointed that Avatar was nominated for several Oscar awards including Best Film.  James Cameron has refused to make any public statements or apologies so we still have a ways to go.

But we have an opportunity to correct this injustice on March 7, 2010.  That is day the Oscars will be held in Los Angeles but IT WILL BE the day that the GBLT community and all free-thinking people of progress will make their voices heard.

You can make March 7, 2010 a day to affirm social justice, diversity and tolerance instead of a day of corporate greed and heterosexual preconceptions.

America needs progress and change and Americans finally have a President who is intelligent enough to make it happen.  Health Care is a basic human right.  Gay Marriage is a basic human right.  Diversity is a basic human right.  Support President Obama and change and we can win over intolerance and right-wing bigotry and stupidity.

We received many wonderful ideas and suggestions as to how to protest on March 7.  After a lot of soul-searching and substance absorption, these are the ideas for protest we ask you to consider:

  • Paint yourself using gold body paint and walk the streets of your community in the nude.  The display of your genitalia will send a counter-message to Oscar’s sexual denial.
  • Hold an empty picture frame in front of your face.  This will symbolize what American TV programs and films fail to show.
  • Do not watch the Oscars on your television.  Watch progressive programming instead. 
  • Invite people to your home or speak with them in public about sexuality and Evolution.
Direct protest:

For those in the Los Angeles area you can certainly protest in the traditional manner at the location of the Oscars ceremony.  We only ask that you be peaceful and non-confrontational.

We have gotten offers from people who work in the film industry to disrupt the ceremony itself during its live broadcast.  While we do not call for such actions, we understand why they would be justified.

Message to the Academy:

If you wish to avoid the protest we ask the following: Rescind all nominations for Avatar.  The film should not be awarded anything.  We also ask that you give Brokeback Mountain the Oscar award for Best Film that it was denied a few years ago.  Everyone knows that Brokeback Mountain is a better and more significant film than Crash.


We thank you for you time.

Love,

Lara, Royce and Linda

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

A plea for tolerance to Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

The following has been sent to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences regarding the Oscar nominations they will be soon be announcing:

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With respect and with determination, we ask the Academy not to nominate the James Cameron film Avatar for any Oscar awards this year.

As you know, there was a global protest against Avatar on December 18, 2009 because of the film's exclusion of gay, lesbian and transgender characters.  And because of the film's apparent denial of Evolution and because of its heterocentric suppositions.

Diversity, tolerance and health care are basic human rights and Avatar directly and indirectly assaulted those rights. To promote the cause of diversity and to send a message of tolerance we ask the Academy to ignore Avatar during its nomination process. By doing this, you would be telling the creators of Avatar and others, that it wrong to exclude people on the basis of their sexuality. That tolerance requires a rational and scientific basis.  That we must celebrate diversity. 

If you decide to nominate Avatar for any award we will have no choice but to speak out and to protest.  We will do this on March 7, 2010.  We will protest to give voice to those who have been silenced by hate and intolerance.  We will speak out to defend our rights and to defend our President who working to promote the change we seek.

We thank you for your time.