The upcoming Canadian Screen Awards, the event that celebrates the best of Canadian cinema and television, will be gender neutral.
Instead of awarding the best female role and the best male role, we will only give an award for the best role.
How come? Because we are in 2022. And in 2022 it is very bad, in progressive circles, to talk about “men” and “women”. But I already foresee that this initiative instead of solving the problems will create new ones. Awake are never happy and we are never quite awake in their eyes.
ALL INCLUSIVE GALA
The director of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television (which organizes the gala) said the decision was to “better support potential competitors who are not binary and / or do not identify with a genre”.
We got there. The mere fact of pronouncing the words “masculine” and “feminine” is considered retrograde, intolerant and equated with a lack of openness.
If you are not binary, you do not identify with any gender. So, you don’t know if you should register as best male role or best female role.
But if you are transgender, it seems to me on the contrary that you want to fall into the category of the genre you have switched to! For example, would Elliott Page, the transgender male comedian, not want to enter the “best male role” category? It seems to me that this would be the consecration of his passage.
We should decide: do we encourage people who make a transition from one gender to another or do we completely eliminate notions of gender?
The gender-neutral gala announcement had just been released before being contested. Jo Vannicola, who once won a Gemini for Best Actress, is now not binary. This person is the head of Actra’s LGBT committee and told the media that the categories should not be removed, indeed they should be added! A category of best transgender actress, for example, and a transgender woman could fall into both the “best female role” and “best transgender role” categories.
In short, wanting to be “inclusive”, the Academy is already being criticized … for not being inclusive enough!
At the next gala, the first time we give a non-gender award, if a man wins, will women scream against sexism? Should we ensure that prizes are awarded only to women to compensate for all the discrimination women have suffered? If the award goes to a heterosexual woman, will non-binary bisexual people scream “heteronormativity”?
THE GALA OF DIVIDES
I have an idea. To avoid cabin cheating, let’s make sure that from now on all galas (music, cinema, TV, etc.) simply honor “divids”, an expression borrowed from Claude Poirier. A “divid” is an unidentified human being, a patent that breathes. “Dividu” is neutral, has no face, has no race.
Now, the big question: do we say a dividu or a dividu?
Above all, we should not misunderstand the dividus.