“Let’s change the Culture!”

It’s the night that movie-enthusiasts, producers, directors, actors, and other entertainment professionals look forward to each year. Of course, I am referring to the Oscars. For nearly 87 years, the Oscars has recognized the best of the best in the filmmaking industry. Despite the glitz and the glamour of the night itself, it’s important to understand that individuals have started to recognize the Oscars as an opportunity to shed light on important social and political issues. For example, Joe Biden, Vice President of the United States, addressed the politically-charged topic of sexual assault on college campuses. Instead of talking about the nature of the Democratic party and how politicians could help solve the problem, Biden neutrally stated his opinion. Biden addressed the fact that sexual abuse has become a culturally-relevant issue on college campuses for both men and women, but as a society, we choose to ignore the warning signs that underly sexual assault. Biden mentioned that the “It’s On Us” campaign encourages individuals to sign a pledge to promise that they will not stand by when they witness sexual assault both on and off college campuses. Here is the video that is associated with the pledge http://itsonus.org/#videos Biden stated, “Take the pledge: I will intervene in situations when consent is not or can not be given. Let’s change the culture. We must and we can changed the culture!” The “It’s On Us” campaign champions social change by asking participants to sign the pledge as a personal commitment to combat sexual assault. You can sign the pledge and learn more at http://itsonus.org/#top