Does Cate Blanchett’s Defence of Straight Actors Playing Gay Characters Ignore The Use Of Those Roles For Oscar-Baiting All Together?

52 straight actors have been nominated for Oscars for playing LGBTQI+ characters.<br />

During an interview at the Rome Film Festival on Friday, Aussie actress Cate Blanchett made some comments in defence of straight actors playing gay characters.

Blanchett won numerous awards and received a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her role in Carol playing a lesbian engaged in a forbidden love affair.

Her case for actors playing beyond their own experience is valid, if only it captured the bigger picture.

“I will fight to the death for the right to suspend disbelief and play roles beyond my experience.” She said according to Hollywood Reporter. I think reality television and all that that entails had an extraordinary impact, a profound impact on the way we view the creation of character,” 

“I think it provides a lot of opportunity, but the downside of it is that we now, particularly in America, I think, we expect and only expect people to make a profound connection to a character when it’s close to their experience,” she said.

While it’s true that actors should be able to play characters that are not necessarily an exact reflection of themselves, the status quo is that while queer actors struggle to be cast, straight actors usually land the queer roles, and get majorly applauded for doing so.

The same goes for able-bodied actors playing disabled characters, cis-gender actors playing trans-gender roles, actors wearing fat-suits to play fat characters or actors putting on fake noses to play conventionally ‘unattractive’ characters.

Eddie Redmayne playing a transgender woman

When we discuss actors ‘playing beyond their experience’, we need to acknowledge that for the privileged, playing certain kinds of oppression or struggle is Oscars-bait. They are applauded for taking on the challenge and congratulated with praise and awards.

52 straight actors have been nominated for Oscars for playing LGBTQ characters. Actors get lauded for gaining weight for a role (Charlize Theron: Monster), playing someone with a disability (Dustin Hoffman: Rainman) and playing a character who is transgender (Eddie Redmayne: Danish Girl). 

But there’s as of yet little room in Hollywood for people who are openly queer, transgender, disabled, or not conventionally attractive by Hollywood standards, to star in films as characters that represent themselves or anyone else.

So the fact that Hollywood loves people play-pretending those characters but does not accept people who actually represent those characters needs to be part of the conversation.

This Woman Is Offering To Be A Stand-In Mum At Any Same Sex Weddings That Are Missing A Mum And She’s Everyone's New Hero

She's an ordained minister, an LGBTQI+ advocate and she's part of a movement of mums volunteering their support.

There are a lot of people in the LGBTQI+ community who sadly don’t have the support of their family after coming out, which is why Sara Cunningham and her crew of mums are volunteering to be stand-in mothers at any weddings lacking parental support.

Cunningham’s Facebook post offering her motherly support has gone viral, making her and her ‘Free Mom Hugs’ activist group everyone’s new heroes.

The post has nearly 8,000 shares and reads:

“PSA. If you need a mom to attend your same sex wedding because your biological mom won’t. Call me. I’m there. I’ll be your biggest fan. I’ll even bring the bubbles.”

PSA. If you need a mom to attend your same sex wedding because your biological mom won't. Call me. I'm there. I'll be your biggest fan. I'll even bring the bubbles.

Posted by Sara Cunningham on Friday, 20 July 2018

“The post came from hearing from several same-sex couples,” Cunningham told Buzzfeed News, “how their parents refuse to attend their wedding, or even acknowledge their relationships.”

Posted by Sara Cunningham on Sunday, 24 June 2018

Cunningham is associated with an activist group that supports the LGBTQI+ community called ‘Serendipitydodah‘ which campaigns under a ‘Free Mom Hugs‘ banner.

Serendipitydodah’s new subgroup ‘Mama Bears To The Rescue’ is a private Facebook group that has over 40 regional subsets vowing to provide “an easy way for moms to coordinate and organize together in order to do small acts of kindness for lgbtq people in their local area who may need some Mama Bear love.”

Posted by Sara Cunningham on Tuesday, 24 July 2018

The wedding invitations are already rolling in to Sara Cunningham and her post has inspired a flood of other women and allies to volunteer as stand-in family members at LGBTQI+ weddings that are lacking family support.

Sara is good. Sara is making people feel better about themselves and bringing support to a community that needs it. Be more like Sara.

The Iconic Rainbow Crossing That Was Unceremoniously Removed From Sydney’s Oxford Street Is Coming Back Because We CAN Have Nice Things

Five years after the rainbow crossing was stripped away without warning, the colourful celebration of the LGBTQIA+ community is returning to Taylor Square.

Good and wholesome news today! The iconic Oxford Street rainbow pedestrian crossing that garnered global excitement back in 2013 is returning to Sydney on Sunday.

The reinstatement of the symbolic rainbow crossing is an acknowledgment and celebration of the LGBTQIA+ community and it falls on the eve of the 40th anniversary of the first Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

The return of the glorious rainbow crossing was announced by Lord Mayor Clover Moore and Member for Sydney Alex Greenwich.

Moore publicly hit out at the New South Wales government in 2013 when the original rainbow crossing disappeared overnight.

“It was devastating when it was removed with no warning in the middle of the night,” the Lord Mayor said. 

Since the removal of the original rainbow was excused by claims that it was a “safety hazard”, the Lord Mayor has explicitly outlined that the rainbow will in fact be a safety benefit for pedestrians. Nice.

“Not only will this crossing be a colourful celebration of our LGBTQI community but it will also be a trial of new sensors to give pedestrians as much crossing time as possible.”

After Australia gave an emphatic Yes to marriage equality in last year’s postal vote, it’s the perfect time for the rainbow’s victorious return.

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