12 YEARS A SLAVE WINNING AN ACADEMY AWARD MAKES SOME OF US WANT TO PUKE...
It's not so much the movie, it's the celebration; who's celebrating and who is not--who participated in the making("financing/greenlighting") of this movie and feels slap-happy proud, comfortable and good about it... and who does not. Who's Ancestors and present day children have had a diet of similar(dressed up in all kinds of ways)... and recognize the Truth of that... and who does not.
It's part of a psychological construct, once upon a time fully intentional--today, much more complex--but carrying the same DNA as what came before... a direct descendant.
In a word, for those of us here--old enough to know better--we have to work harder to do better for those who will come on our road in Future. And sometimes that means saying "no" to those with the money and means to keep the chains rattling... regardless of their pats on the back.
Those who know what we're saying recognize the media-entertainment-movie-tv portrayal lineage and their present day descendants, well.
Solution? Seek out, recognize, support and celebrate those folks trying to portray images of substance, nourishment, pride, power, integrity and "good sense" to balance the "same ol same ol".
Oops. Forgot one important word that can be used as a litmus test... in most instances: Respect.
(if it's not in the room/equation
/portrayal/message... and the odor of purposeful disrespect/belittlement
/diminishment is undeniable----
'might wanna consider gettin' the hell out... if you can)