Lena Waithe: ‘I like the idea of a really gay ass black person hosting the Oscars’

Lena Waithe has shared her thoughts on who should host the 2019 Oscars

Actress, screenwriter, and producer Lena Waithe has shared her thoughts about Kevin Hart. Plus, she opened up about who would be her choice to host the 2019 Oscars.

Kevin Hart controversy

At the Golden Globes last Sunday (6 January), Waithe spoke to Variety about the controversy surrounding Kevin Hart and who will end up hosting the Oscars this year.

‘We gotta make sure that the gay community is no longer the butt of the joke,’ Waithe said. ‘I think we gotta make this a teachable moment.’

‘I don’t think [Hart] understood the ramifications of what he said,’ she added. ‘We should stand firm in what we did and try to challenge everybody else not to do that kind of thing anymore.’

Wanda Sykes as Oscars Host

In her ideal world, the host of the 91st Academy Awards (taking place on 24 February) would be ‘a really gay ass black person.’ She suggested comedian Wanda Sykes.

‘I like the idea of a really gay ass black person hosting,” she says. “Wanda would be amazing.’

Wanda Sykes happens to be on GSN’s list of 13 LGBTI people we’d like to see host the award show.

Pose and LGBTI Representation

Additionally, Waithe spoke to GLAAD about Ryan Murphy’s hit FX show Pose. The groundbreaking show was nominated for two Golden Globe awards. Pose features a diverse cast, which Waithe believes is important for LGBTI representation.

‘There’s a lot of kids that watch that show and it’s changing lives, so let’s continue to do that,’ Waithe said about the need for more shows like Pose.

Author: Rafaella Gunz

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Not everyone is thrilled about Bohemian Rhapsody’s Golden Globe win

Rami Malek plays Freddie Mercury (center) in Bohemian Rhapsody | Photo: 20th Century Fox

At the Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles, California last night, Bohemian Rhapsody won big.

Its star, Rami Malek, won Best Actor for his portrayal of queer rock icon Freddie Mercury. The movie itself, meanwhile, won Best Drama Film.

The film follows Mercury joining the band Queen and their career leading up to their Live Aid concert in 1985.

Since its release, Bohemian Rhapsody has enjoyed prosperity. It’s gone on to become the highest grossing music biopic of all time, proving its interest to audiences.

Critically, however, it’s more of a mixed bag. The film boasts a 62% on Rotten Tomatoes, with plenty of critics claiming it does poor justice to Mercury and his identities both as a person of color and as a bisexual man.

Kevin Fallon, writing for the Daily Beast, described Bohemian Rhapsody as an ‘insult’ to Mercury.

There’s also the matter of the film’s former director, Bryan Singer, who has faced allegations of rape and denied them.

People took to Twitter to express their displeasure at the film’s win.

What are they saying?

Despite Singer’s firing, he acknowledged the win and thanked the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

Queer actor Evan Rachel Wood also tweeted about Singer following the movie’s win.

Many people are worried Bohemian Rhapsody’s Golden Globe win could be an indicator for the Oscars.

Others, however, have hope.

Nominations for the Oscar ballot open this week. The official nominations come out on 22 January.

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LGBTQ performers & stories won big at the Golden Globes

Rami Malek, Freddie MercuryAnd the speeches were pretty queer too.

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LGBTQ performers & stories won big at the Golden Globes

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