It was no surprise when Patricia Arquette won the Best Supporting Actress award at last night’s Oscars, but what was surprising – refreshingly so – was her speech, which included a call to arms for all women to stand up and demand equal pay and rights once and for all. Everyone was all for it – Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lopez in particular really seemed on board – because let’s face it, she’s got a great point. It seemed rather early on that Patricia Arquette was going to be the hero of the night.
And then came the post-ceremony interviews in the press room…
In case you can’t watch or are just too lazy (I feel you), here’s where problems arose:
“And, it’s time for all the women in America, and all the men that love women, and all the gay people, and all the people of color that we’ve all fought for, to fight for us now.”
Uh… I mean yeah, equality between the sexes is an important cause and something we really need to work towards, but really? “We helped you, black people – now do something for us white ladies” doesn’t really go over that well, especially considering white women still have it a LOT better than black women do in this country.
Did Patricia mean to be so thoughtless? Likely not, but people should really think more before they speak in future. Yikes!
The [social] experiment was… Could a celebrity actually friend strangers and get to know them as a person? Just a regular person. Could you really become friends? Could you move past all that they had in their mind about you and actually show them the real you?
Oh, no. Although we don’t know why Arquette deactivated her account, odds are good that she encountered either a stalker or a major creepazoid. (The NY Daily News reports only that a lengthy Facebook communication had gone wrong, and Arquette’s own security team became involved.)
I feel terrible for the woman. For one, she’s my favorite Arquette—although that’s admittedly a slim line, because I love all the Arquette siblings. And I feel so sorry that she experienced this. But anyone with a sizable online/media presence—from celebrities to Z-list bloggers to tween-aged girls—is susceptible to violent, ill-intentioned weirdos. Hence all those Dateline episodes.
In the end, it seems as if Arquette thought of the Internet as the WELL (sorry, obscure) when the truth is, any ol’ sociopath can have a Facebook account. I mean, duh: didn’t Patricia watch The Social Network? That movie was all about sociopaths.
Betty White gets top billing, both because she is awesome and because I know she’d appreciate me putting her picture immediately under the heading “The SAG Awards.”
Betty received the lifetime achievement award at the such-n-such annual Screen Actor’s Guild Awards (do you really care what number it is?) which are being held as we speak. Well, as I type.
And Betty was also the most badass bitch on the red carpet.
Diane Kruger and Helen Mirren both looked lovely and classy as well, while Jeff Bridges cleaned up nice in a sharp tuxedo. Everyone really classed it up tonight. The worst dressed person was probably Drew Barrymore, and she didn’t really look bad, just disheveled, as she is wont to do.
So far, 2009 has not been a stellar year for romance.
Now on the chopping block: Patricia Arquette, who’s divorcing her husband Thomas Jane, citing irreconcilable differences. The two have a 5-year-old daughter, Harlow Olivia Calliope Jane. Ha! So Harlow wasn’t really Nicole Richie’s idea!!! She totes stole it from Patricia.