Margaret Cho caused outrage during last night’s Golden Globes for lampooning North Korea following the Sony hack. However, the bigger indignation is that no solidarity was shown for a brutal massacre that left a foreign nation reeling.
I’m not talking about the Paris attack at Charlie Hebdo, though that assault was savage. I’m referring to the terror in northeast Nigeria, where Islamist group Boko Haram slaughtered roughly 2,000 people.
This isn’t about whether one incident is worse than the other, but it’s clear little attention was paid to the Nigeria assault during last night’s show. Conversely, a proper outpouring for Paris was on display from stars like George Clooney, Jared Leto, Joshua Jackson, and Helen Mirren, while Common and John Legend made connections between their film Selma and the 2014 deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.
Feminism was also on the table, with Maggie Gyllenhaal encouraging Hollywood to create roles for all women while accepting the award for Best Actress in a Mini-Series.
I’m not calling for celebs to carry the weight of the world’s injustice on their shoulders, but I do think the attention they bring to social issues can be helpful. I’m just wondering if the issue has to be a hashtag before they deem it worthy.
I wasn’t the only one thinking about this, as Twitter was filled with frustration at Hollywood’s failure to recognize the tragic actions in Nigeria.
2,000 people died in Nigeria senselessly at the hands of Boko Haram. No one said "I AM NIGERIA" tonight.
— Awesomely Luvvie (@Luvvie) January 12, 2015
I detest the way 2000 people were killed in a TERRORIST MASSACRE in Nigeria THIS WEEK yet no mention of it at the Golden Globes…
— bevysmith (@bevysmith) January 12, 2015
RT .@DyeTraveler: Terrorism in France with 17 dead and the world mourns. Terrorism in Nigeria with 2000 dead, you don't even hear of it.
— Big Boi (@BigBoi) January 12, 2015
While Charlie Hebdo gets the well deserved mention at the Golden Globes lets not forget the horrific atrocities committed in Nigeria
— Louie del Carmen (@LouiedelCarmen) January 12, 2015
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