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Twitter Reacts After Joaquin Phoenix's Speech Calling Out BAFTAs Structural Racism Left the Room Uncomfortable

By Petr Knava | Social Media | February 3, 2020 |

By Petr Knava | Social Media | February 3, 2020 |


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The British Academy Film and Television Awards took place last night at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Amidst controversies about the awards’ chronic and painful lack of diversity, Joaquin Phoenix picked up his belated gong for You Were Never Really Here award for giving an outsized and loud performance that was nevertheless better than the script it came from and he used his platform to do the bare minimum of a person in his position: To call out the deep, structural racism at the heart of his industry, to admit his own culpability in the proliferation of that structure, and to put the onus on the dismantling of that structure onto those who erected it in the first place and those who benefit from it. As a result, Twitter was abuzz with reactions to Phoenix’s speech.



Petr is a staff contributor. You can follow him on Twitter.




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