How Did Margaret Cho Overshadow Nigeria at the Golden Globes?

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.

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