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Golden Globes perpetuate Hollywood’s misogyny

Danny Banuelos Chavez

The Golden Globes Awards, a prestigious annual event celebrating outstanding achievements in film and television, garnered significant attention this year. Reaching 9.4 million people worldwide, viewers eagerly tuned in to witness one of Hollywood’s biggest nights, featuring highly anticipated nominations, like “Barbie” and “Oppenheimer,” and industry A-listers.

However, amidst the excitement, controversy quickly arose due to the opening monologue of the stand-up comedian and host of the night, Jo Koy. Entrusted with setting the tone for the entire show, Koy’s choice of jokes left the audience frustrated and disappointed at his bland, tasteless display of misogyny.

“‘Oppenheimer’ is based on a 721-page Pulitzer Prize-winning book about the Manhattan Project, and ‘Barbie’ is on a plastic doll with big boobies,” said Koy in his opening remarks in an attempt to play on the “Barbenheimer” craze. His reduction of the Barbie movie to a mere toy with breasts not only undermined the film’s adept exploration of patriarchy and feminism but also showed disrespect for Gerwig and her team’s work and perpetuated the broader societal trend of promoting media considered “masculine” at the expense of women’s achievements.

The opening monologue missed a chance to spotlight the contributions and impact that women achieved in the entertainment industry throughout the year. Instead, Koy employed the same stale and sexist jokes, dehumanizing and subjecting women to ridicule and objectification.

This controversy is not just about one joke or comedian but rather reflects the misogynistic and systemic issues in the entertainment world. These ingrained biases perpetuate harmful stereotypes such as that all women-centric media is frivolous and lacks impactful substance. Women-focused films are often dismissed as “woke, feminist trash” and not taken as seriously as their male-oriented counterparts, highlighting a pattern of systemic undervaluation. This contributes to a hesitancy among industry stakeholders and audiences to support female-led projects, limiting opportunities and thus continuing a cycle of inequality.

In a BBC Radio 4’s Today interview, Greta Gerwig, the director of “Barbie,” addressed Koy’s jab.

“Well, he’s not wrong. She’s the first doll that was mass-produced with breasts, so he was right on. [I] think that so much of the project, of the movie, was unlikely because it is about a plastic doll. Barbie by her very construction has no character, no story, she’s there to be projected upon,” said Gerwig, highlighting the creative and intellectual effort the cast and production team invested in dismantling the shallow perceptions of Barbie and simultaneously women.

Ultimately, the entertainment industry must learn to properly showcase and genuinely celebrate women, recognizing their immense artistic skill and significance within entertainment. It’s time for the industry to move away from outdated stereotypes of women-centric media and instead appreciate their beautifully crafted stories for what they are: art.

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About the Contributors
Jasmine Nguyen
Jasmine Nguyen, Staff Writer
Jasmine Nguyen is one of the many new names on the Gamut staff list this year. Coming in as a sophomore, Jasmine is looking forward to writing in the Op-Ed and News sections, and she is excited to create new bonds within the Gamut community. She can be described as a very mellow and relaxed individual, but she is always looking forward to new challenges. A few very interesting facts about Miss Nguyen are that she loves dogs, her favorite color is pastel pink, and her favorite comfort movie is Barbie and the Diamond Castle. For her, the movie also carries the nostalgic feeling of watching Sparkles and Lily, a pair of dancing puppies from the film preform their truly iconic number, along with an amazingly written plot. Although not super into pop culture, some of Jasmine's favorite artists consist of Joji, 88rising, and NIKI, and she would even describe herself as a “closeted Swiftie." Overall, Jasmine is excited to start her Gamut journey this year and is ready for what is ahead.
Danny Banuelos Chavez
Danny Banuelos Chavez, Staff Artist
Danny Banuelos Chavez, a current sophomore at Oxford Academy, is entering their first year at the Gamut as a photographer and illustrator. As a person who has always been keenly observant of others, they took an interest in photography and taking action shots of others. Chavez is an obsessive enjoyer of “Garfield” and is easily able to recant their days of scribbling the lasagna-loving cat in their notebook. They describe themself as wacky because they love to change things up all the time, such as their room and wallpaper. Chavez also indulges in thought-provoking and most esteemed comedies such as “Parks and Recreation” and “Arrested Development”. They partake in all forms of music ranging from metal to country, some of their favorite bands being Mitski, Hozier, and the Cure. Aside from their cultured interests, they consider their culinary taste to be a “bit basic”, since their favorite foods are avocado toast and wings. Chavez looks forward to putting their photography skills to work this upcoming year.
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