The Oscar hosts just made the eve memorable for the queer people of Florida.
This year the Academy Awards was hosted by 3 female hosts — Amy Schumer, Regina Hall, and Wanda Sykes because it’s still “quite cheaper than hiring one man,” said Schumer.
The controversial Florida bill made it to the stage of the Oscars Sunday, when the hosts Schumer, Sykes and Hall made reference to the so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill, and then repeated the word “gay” about a dozen times.
The three hosts started the ceremony by making an intentional statement against Florida’s controversial “Don’t Say Gay” bill that bans many school teachers and staff from discussing the topic of sexuality and gender in the classroom.
“We’re gonna have a great night tonight,” said Sykes, who is gay and an outspoken gay-rights activist. “And, for you people in Florida, we’re gonna have a gay night.” Then she, Schumer and Hall repeated the word “gay” about a dozen times.
In the end statement, she and her partner host Amy Schumer and Regina Hall repeated the word Gay, gay, gay! Which made Denzel Washington & Nicole Kidman smile and applauded with delight from the crowd.
Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill signed out by governor DeSantis bans any classroom discussion about gender identity or sexual orientation in kindergarten. It also adds restrictions to any conversations around those topics for bigger grades to what Florida’s lawmakers consider “age-appropriate”.
The law has been widely criticized and protested by LGBTQIA+ activists, the US Government, and many more people around the entertainment industry and the world.
Joe Biden said he wants each and every member of the queer community, especially the kids who are most impacted by the hatred bill, to be always respected, loved, and accepted by all.
Notably, this year’s Oscars is being aired on ABC, a TV network owned by Disney, who have received particular criticism in recent weeks. The company has been hit by staff walkouts after they initially refused to denounce the bill.
Disney later halted donations to the Florida government which resulted in the California government taking further action. The WGA West also advises the producers of the entertainment industry to stop filming in Florida.
The act of shouting “gay, gay, gay” in response to the bill will impact the whole world. By doing the literal act of “saying gay,” they’re taking a stand against the bill.