The Academy Awards had three hosts this year -- Amy Schumer, Regina Hall, and Wanda Sykes -- and they started out the ceremony by making a statement against Florida's controversial "Don't Say Gay" bill.
During the three hilarious women's opening monologue, Sykes, who is a lesbian, spoke out against the bill that bans many school teachers from discussing sexuality and gender in class.
"We are going to have a great night," Sykes said about the evening. "And for you people in Florida, we are going to have a gay night!"
\u201cTHE OSCARS: OSCAR HOSTS ADDRESS FLORIDA'S WIDELY-CRITICIZED "DON'T SAY GAY" BILL\n\n"WE'RE GONNA HAVE A GREAT NIGHT TONIGHT\u2014AND FOR YOU PEOPLE IN FLORIDA, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A GAY NIGHT."\n\nhttps://t.co/pcjhQGRXDT\u201d
— critical mix theory (@critical mix theory)
Florida's so-called "Don't Say Gay" Bill passed recently in the state and bans any classroom discussion around gender identity or sexual orientation in grades K-3. It also adds restrictions to any conversations around those topics for grades 3-12 to what Florida's lawmakers consider "age appropriate."
The law has been widely criticized and protested. Some protesters have bene taking a moment of silence to speak out against the law, symbolizing how LGBTQ+ people are silenced by the law.
Still others have taken to shouting "gay, gay, gay" in response to the bill. By doing the literal act of "saying gay," they're taking a stand against the bill.
Obviously, some might say that other tactics like boycotting companies like Disney that donated to the lawmakers supporting the bills, and voting out those lawmakers, would do more, but some homophobes were surely made uncomfortable by the shoutout.