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Why transgender nominee Anohni is boycotting the Oscars

February 26, 2016 - Uncategorized



Anohni, the first-ever transgender singer nominated for Best Original Song Oscar for her performance of “Manta Ray” in the documentary Racing Extinction, is, like many others, not attending Sunday’s Academy Awards

Her reason is pretty straightforward: “I will not be lulled into submission with a few more well manufactured, feel-good ballads and a bit of good old fashioned T. and A.”

After being announced as a nominee, the English singer (formerly known as Antony) anxiously awaited her invitation to perform at the ceremony, she wrote in a lengthy blog post on her website. Fellow nominees Sam Smith, Lady Gaga, and the Weeknd were announced, and she kept waiting. Then she realized she probably wasn’t getting an invite to the stage because, as she put it, “the producers seemed to have decided to stage performances only by the singers who were deemed commercially viable.” Read more…

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Source: Mashable

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