The Best Picture mix-up wasn't a ratings ploy or white privilege conspiracy.
Y'all, save your brain cells and just scroll on by all of the thinkpieces that will hit the Internet today about what happened with the Best Picture announcement. I have already been text messaged, tweeted at, and facebook tagged about how it was a stunt for ratings, about how it was a conspiracy to overshadow Moonlight’s historic win, about how white privilege just led Warren Beatty to assume the result. Maybe because it’s 2017 and there are other things to worry about or maybe because it’s 2017 and I’m tired of the hyperbolic reactions to literally everything, but I’m not here for all the dramatic responses. The simplest answer is usually the correct one. I think the saying in med school is something like “If you hear hooves, it’s probably a horse, not a zebra.” That pretty much carries through most areas of life and the simplest explanation is almost always the correct one. Let’s break down three things real quick.