We all know the internet can be a vicious place, especially for a 15-year-old girl. Teenage sensation Elsie Fisher who starred in the break out indie hit Eighth Grade was nominated for a Golden Globe. During what one can only assume was the biggest night of her life, surrounded by all the major Hollywood stars, herself a nominee among them, she tweeted in excitement when Rami Malek and Bohemian Rhapsody won best actor and best picture…
Some backstory for you, Bohemian Rhapsody, which took home two wins from the night, and Green Book, the big winner of the Golden Globes with three wins, have been the most hated films online all season long.
The Bohemian Rhapsody controversy centers around disgraced director Bryan Singer who was fired midway through the project and replaced. Not only did Singer, the guy who directed X-Men, Superman Returns, and Valkyrie, throw things at star Rami Malek, but was also dismissed for his chronic tardiness on set.
Singer has been the subject of controversy for years after being accused multiple times of abuse by young men which he denies. Jessica Chastain, Evan Rachel Wood, and other high profile actresses have called out Singer and encouraged the “MeToo” movement, not to forget about Singer and abuse by powerful men on young men.
That brings us back to the Golden Globes, Elsie Fisher’s tweet, and the online attack that she received after making her love known for Bohemian Rhapsody, which continues to do well at theaters, with audiences and nominations despite its poor critical score on Rotten Tomatoes (62%) & Metacritic (49).
Green Book, which took home best picture comedy, supporting actor (Mahershala Ali) and screenplay trophies, is a bit of a different story that had a few bumps in the road despite winning the audience award out of Toronto Film Festival. Lead actor, Viggo Mortensen said the “N” word during a Q&A which he immediately apologized for, and the media blew the context of why he was using it out of proportion.
Green Book was further hit with controversy when Don Shirley’s family, the musician Ali portrays, came out against the film. Despite all this, Green Book has continued to garner nominations and praise despite its loud vocal haters.
We live in a world where everyone is expected to know all the information on a movie; a film is not just a film anymore because they all have baggage, especially those competing in awards races. Twitter is very aware of all controversies and see’s a big contradiction with Hollywood Foreign Press President Meher Tatna speaking to the audience wearing a “Times Up” pin, then giving the best picture award essentially to a pedophile’s film project.
The question becomes where is the line between what you see on screen and what you know about how it got there. Of course, the hatred online for Bohemian Rhapsody goes beyond Singer, it’s how historically inaccurate the film is, how it placates Freddie Mercury’s homosexuality and audiences don’t seem to mind as it’s one of the highest grossing award contenders.
Fisher’s fan rushed to her defense, in less than 24 hours the teenage actress has educated herself on the controversy of Bohemian Rhapsody and learned quite a lesson on why so many celebrities shutter to admit what films they like or don’t like.