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Last night’s Oscars ceremony was a lot about reckoning with the industry’s acceptance of the gravity of the underlying sexual assault and harassment issues in Hollywood. While it was the first time for a woman to get a Best Director nod with a debut film (Greta Gerwig for Lady Bird) and Rachel Morrison was the first-ever woman to be nominated for an Oscar for Best Cinematography, there is still a long way to go when it comes to achieving a healthy gender balance and equal opportunities in the industry.
Inspired by Martin McDonagh’s Oscar-nominated feature Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, a local street artist by the name of Sabo erected three signs just a few miles from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California, where the 90th Academy Awards took place last Sunday. With slogans such as ‘We All Knew And Still No Arrests’, ‘Name Names On Stage Or Shut The Hell Up!’ and ‘And The Oscar For Biggest Pedophile Goes To…’, the artist was pulling no punches.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Sabo explained that “these billboards represent putting Hollywood’s feet to the fire. I felt compelled to do this for all those unnamed victims of sexual abuse in this town. Let’s clean house so we can move on.”
Sabo isn’t the first person to use the three billboard concept to provoke public action. An activist group in London put up mobile billboards pressuring investigation in the Grenfell Tower fire that killed 71 people last June.