According to that quote, two accountants ruined the Oscars. To me, that is very dramatic.
In case you did not know, the Oscars took place on February 26, 2017. There was a small mishap where the wrong name was called but then it was corrected. The wrong envelop was read aloud and LaLa Land was called for Best Picture instead of Moonlight. The mistake was corrected within a matter of minutes and although it was an awkward mistake, in my opinion, the night was not ruined. It was not a disaster or devastating night like many news articles are making it out to be.
“It hasn’t been a great week for the two accountants involved in f-ing up the Oscars. And now, it’s about to get worst. The Academy’s president Cheryl Boone Issacs told the Associated Press yesterday that Brian Cullinan and Martha Ruiz will not be receiving an invitation to next year’s ceremony. Ouch. Brian is being blamed for the mix-up after photos emerged of the him taking pictures of Emma Stone when he was supposed to be checking the envelopes. Not a great look. See the photos and read about everything that happened here.” – This is a quote from The Newsette, which is a daily newsletter I have sent into my inbox.
“Fired by the Academy: Accountants will NOT be back at the Oscars as new photos show Brian juggling multiple envelopes AND his phone while gawking at Emma Stone” – The Daily Mail.
Brian handed the incorrect envelop off to Warren Beatty. When the wrong Best Picture winner was announced, Brian was tweeting out a photo of Emma Stone instead of paying attention.
Is social media to blame? Maybe we are all too consumed constantly.
Was it just a mistake that should be forgiven? No one is perfect and accidents happen.
Or was Cullinan simply too consumed in himself that he was negligent in his job?
Honestly, I believe it is a little bit of everything. We are told to constantly be connected. That is what the media teaches us. Half the time there are hashtags at the bottom of the screen during shows incase you decide to tweet out something. Cullinan was just doing as everyone else probably was, tweeting and instagramming photos during the event. But even so, Cullinan had a job to do and he should have known to stay off his phone and paid closer attention to what envelop he was handing off. At the end of the day it was a mistake I’m sure he would love to take back and he would never let happen again.
It is a little aggressive to call him out for “gawking” at Emma Stone when was tweeting photos of plenty of different celebrities throughout the night. However he failed at the task required of him and I do believe he should have lost his job. I believe Martha Ruiz was caught in the cross fire and did not deserve to lose her job over someone else’s mistake.
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