Some good news after the Oscar booby show

Just wanted to offer a glimmer of hope after my last post about the Oscars.  I recently returned from a visit to California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), where Ralph Eggleston and I did a presentation for the character animation program.  During our question and answer segment it was mentioned that women made up 62.5% of student enrollment for the 2012-2013 school year.  When I attended CalArts in the early 1980’s there were approximately 6-8 women in the entire program.  Progress.Student&Telnaesphoto courtesy of Amanda Candler, one of the inspiring young women at CalArts.  See more of her student work at her blog.

The Oscars and women

AnnAtDeskSMI considered just letting this go.  There’s so much other important news happening and frankly I’d rather concentrate on my next animation.  However, after listening and reading some of my regular morning news sources I felt I had to spend a few minutes to address last night’s Oscars.  Yes, there were funny and memorable moments; I laughed out loud at the clever Christopher Plummer Von Trapp intro and cheered Shirley Bassey’s Goldfinger performance– but really, we’re still doing boob jokes?  Yes, I know Seth MacFarlane was brought in to attract younger audiences but the obnoxious references to women’s body parts and female tendencies really set my teeth on edge.  As some of you may know, MacFarlane’s fame comes from animation and since I began my career there, I wasn’t  surprised at the sophomoric humor.  But what was a surprise was that it hasn’t changed since the 1980’s.

But maybe I’m not reading the tea leaves here.  Perhaps this is the way to look at the situation; let’s hope so.

 

Oscar nominations announced this morning

Since I’m always looking for an opportunity to show former VP Cheney in drag…

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