Oscar 2023: Michelle Yeoh generates controversy after sharing an article about why she deserves to win

Actress Michelle Yeoh, nominated for an Oscar 2023 thanks to her leading role in Everything everywhere at the same timegenerated controversy through social networks.

This Tuesday, the official account of the histrion on Instagram issued a post —already deleted— with several screenshots taken of a recent article by Vogue. This one is titled “It’s been over two decades since we’ve had a non-white Best Actress winner. Will this change in 2023? and he speaks precisely of the low representation of people of color at the Academy Awards, emphasizing that shortlist where this year Yeoh turns out to be the only non-white competitor.

However, a particular paragraph of that text came to arouse disagreement among countless users. The suspicion even arose that the Malaysian interpreter was committing an improper action according to the statutes of the Hollywood Academy.

What did the post say?

In part, the article Vogue (written by Radhika Seth, film and culture editor) explains why it would be “infinitely more significant” for Michelle Yeoh to win the Best Actress Oscar, rather than Cate Blanchett, who thanks to her acclaimed work in the film tar you have a high chance of getting the golden statuette.

“Detractors will say that Blanchett’s performance is the strongest. The acting veteran is unarguably amazing as prolific conductor Lydia Tár. But keep in mind that she already has two Oscars (for Best Supporting Actress for The Aviator in 2005, and for Best Actress for blue jasmine in 2014). A third party might confirm his status as an industry titan, but given his extensive and unrivaled body of work, do we need further confirmation? Meanwhile, an Oscar would change Yeoh’s life: her name would forever be preceded by the phrase ‘Oscar winner’, and she should be worth more meaty roles, after a decade of being criminally underused in Hollywood,” reads the article. controversial paragraph.

Sharing this and other screenshots of the text in question on Instagram, Yeoh also posted the following message below the images, advocating for greater diversity in the industry and more opportunities for people of color:

“This is not just about me. This is for all the little girls who look like me. We want to be seen. We want to be heard.”

Why was it controversial?

On social networks, there were immediately Internet users who criticized the actress of The tiger and the dragon perceiving its publication as a last-minute campaign maneuver, launched hours before the voting period for the Academy Awards ended, this Tuesday, March 7. In addition, based on the comments that have circulated on Twitter, it is evident that some users interpreted the mention of Michelle Yeoh to the article of Vogue as a direct attack on Cate Blanchett, who turns out to be his main opponent in the upcoming Oscars.

Apart from these drastic opinions, it seems valid to ask if the star of Everything everywhere at the same time she committed some sort of infraction by spreading an article that certainly stresses the importance of her winning the Oscar and not Blanchett.

So, in search of an answer, the ideal thing is to review the regulations of the Hollywood Academy. And for now, in his campaign regulationsthere is a section on “References to other candidates” which dictates the following (via):

“In particular, any tactic that singles out ‘competitors’ by name or title is expressly prohibited.”

That said, and if applicable to this particular case, it would be necessary to analyze whether the fact that Yeoh shared a third-party text on social networks that makes such an allegation —directly pointing to Cate Blanchett and arguing why she should not win the Oscar— becomes an improper action per se. What do you think?

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