(Originally printed January 13th 2015, in the Independent Florida Alligator opinions section)
Happy New Year! I hope everyone had an awesome holiday season. It’s great to be back and great to be writing again, although 2015 somehow already feels stressful. The first week of classes was a blur of expensive textbooks and schedule shuffling, but an event this past weekend helped to start my new year off with a bang: the 2015 Golden Globes.
I’ve always been a fan of the Hollywood award shows, and Sunday’s celebrity extravaganza was no exception. I’ve heard many people dismiss the Globes as a mostly unimportant precursor to the Oscars.
Although this may be true, this particular Golden Globes was a knockout — in more ways than one. The celebrities of film and television are individuals whom we all hear about whether we want to or not.
But the people sweeping down the red carpet in their stunning outfits are more than well-known faces. They are the cultural spokespeople of our time, showcasing every year what is at the forefront of our country’s social problems, political issues and artistic ventures. Their art form, though it has its faults, is a critique of what our country is thinking about this year, what we are feeling and what we are facing.
This year, the Golden Globes did a wonderful job embracing some of the progressive ideas of entertainment today, and I’m not just talking about the kick-butt power couple of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as announcers — although they were fantastic. Poehler/Fey 2016, everyone…