We all have our snarky moments. I am certainly not going to pretend I don’t have bitchy posts hiding in my archives. Nor will I pretend that future posts won’t be riddled with critiques on people, places, things, cultural issues, etc. I’m critical and judgmental to a fault. And, to be honest, there’s a place for the snarky and critical in our society. We don’t live in utopia, so let’s not pretend to.
But I’m seeing so many snarky blogs and articles today about things from the Oscars that should just be appreciated for what they are. No bitchy critique necessary. Just plain, deep, humane appreciation. And yet, somehow, people still manage to try and ruin something by picking it apart. And for no real reason.
If you’re going to critique something, beyond the basics of finding humor in it, make sure there’s a valid reason for it. Some things are not meant to be dissected, just appreciate them and move on. For instance:
Lady Gaga’s performance – she killed it. Why people aren’t already aware that she has an amazing voice boggles my mind, but in case you didn’t know that, now you do. Sure you can critique her for using the Oscars to change her image (that’s been happening for months anyway with Tony Bennett) but who cares? She performed the shit of out of that medley and that’s really all you need to focus on. No snark necessary.
Patricia Arquette’s speech – could she have been more articulate? Sure. Are there bigger issues than women’s rights in America? Absolutely. I could provide you a long list of what I personally believe are bigger issues in our global society than women’s equal rights in America. But it’s her moment, and it’s her speech. And kudos to her for taking that moment and making it about something other than herself for the 30 seconds she was given to accept her award.
Graham Moore’s speech – believe it or not there are some ridiculously critical and snarky posts today about his speech not being clear or succint in its intentions. Are you fucking serious internet? That speech may not have meant anything to you but I guarantee it meant something to a whole lot of young people who understood every single intention behind his words. Shame on you for taking something so genuine and heartfelt and trying to taint it. Seriously internet – SHAME ON YOU.
Anyway – this is just one girl’s opinion. I’m sure by the end of the week I will post a blog about something that is so bitchy and so snarky that it will completely taint the intention of this post. But today my Pollyanna is winning the war in my brain, and I’m okay with that.