Oscar Awards Fuel Negative Reactions from Twitter Users

Laura BednarCyber Bullying and Online Harassment

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The Twitter Universe is Blowing Up Over the Oscars

The Academy Awards celebrated its 91st year, giving Oscars to films, actors, actresses, and directors. The decisions made by 6,000 motion picture professionals who make up the voting Academy elicited many negative responses from Twitter users. Here are the top 3 Oscar moments that angered Twitter users:

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1. “Green Book” Winning Best Picture

The movie “Green Book” is based on the true story of Tony Vallelonga, a New Yorker who worked as a bouncer and concert pianist Don Shirley. When Shirley tours in the deep South in the 1960s, he needs a driver and security guard to get him through the racist area that adheres strictly to Jim Crow laws. Vallelonga takes the job and realizes his own racist attitudes as he becomes friends with Shirley.

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Many people on Twitter criticized the decision with Tweets such as, “Green Book winning is a travesty”–Tim Carmody and “Really? In the year of Black Panther and BlackKlansman? I am disgusted.”–Roxane Gay. Other criticizers said the movie was merely a copy of the movie, “Driving Miss Daisy,” another movie about an African American and Caucasian person who are driver and passenger, respectively.

2. Rami Malek Winning Best Actor

Rami Malek portrayed Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of the band “Queen” in the movie, “Bohemian Rhapsody. People on Twitter were confused over the win, saying that he didn’t sing in the movie and that Mercury’s voice was dubbed in. Another user, David Ehrlich, said that there was more talent in Bradley Cooper’s Oscar clip than in Rami Malek’s entire performance.

3. Glenn Close not winning the Best Actress Award

This was Close’s seventh nomination for the Oscars, and again she did not take home the win. Instead, actress Olivia Colman from the movie, “The Favourite” won. Some Twitter users wrote that they believed someone in the Academy hates Glenn Close and that she was robbed of the award.

Mental Health Issues Relating to Social Media

While the Twitter reactions to these award wins may seem trivial because of the large number of responses, they are still considered a form of cyberbullying. While online bullying is a prominent issue in schools, celebrities have also felt the pressure of the critical Twitter audience. Celebrities such as Lily James, Shia LaBeouf, and more recently Will Poulter have removed themselves from the Twitter platform. Due to a star’s popularity, people may feel that there is no way they will ever see this person face to face, meaning they have the power to say whatever they want without any repercussions.

Jean-Baptiste Pingault, lecturer in developmental psychopathology at University College London, says that cyberbullying is unique. He states, “With classical bullying, you have safe spaces [places where the bullies can’t go, such as home] but with cyberbullying, technology is often on all the time, so you are constantly exposed to the risk.” Much like in the case of people attacking celebrities, Pingault says cyberbullying makes it possible to be “bullied by people you barely know.”

The attacks go further than joining the conversation of Tweets about a “wrongfully awarded” Oscar. Stars such as Robin Williams and Jane Goldman had family members that were abused on the social media platform. They were accused of doing things that were completely untrue, in one instance the reasoning behind Williams’ death.

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While the best way to avoid social media drama may be to delete your account altogether, Secure Forensics offers a way for you to discover who the bully is behind the screen. Our forensics team has experience in investigating the metadata of a device to find the source of the cyberbully. Their findings can result in evidence of who the culprit is that can be used as support for your cyberbullying claim. If you believe you are a victim of cyberbullying, call 1-800-288-1407 for assistance.