By: Nicole Blachowicz
Public Relations practitioners work to create two-way communication and maintain solid relationships. Both companies and individuals used the Oscars as a way to express opinions and spark conversation about social change. Here are some highlights.
1. Dove’s and Twitter’s #SpeakBeautiful Campaign – Women’s Self Esteem
Dove wants to boost women’s self esteem and have done campaigns, such as their Real Beauty Sketches advertisement, to promote this. According to Adweek, over 5 million people tweeted negative comments last year during the show. The #Speakbeautiful campaign promotes tweeting positive compliments during the red carpet using the hashtag.
2. #Askhermore Campaign – Sexism
Many celebrities supported this campaign during the show. It asks interviewers to stop asking sexist questions. In an interview, Reese Witherspoon said, “You know, this is a movement to say we’re more than just our dresses.”
3. Patricia Arquette – Women’s Equality
During the acceptance speech for the Academy Awards Best Supporting Actress for her role in “Boyhood,” she said, “It is our time to have wage equality once and for all, and equal rights for women in the United States of America!” The show captured other celebrities, like Meryl Streep, showing their support as she gave her speech.
4. Graham Moore and Dana Perry - Suicide Awareness
During his acceptance speech, Graham Moore shared his story about his suicide attempt failure and encouraged others to “stay weird, and stay different.” Producer Dana Perry dedicated her award to her son who committed suicide and said that we must talk this problem.
These are just a few of the examples seen during the 2015 Oscars. How can PR practitioners use these examples or use events like the Oscars to further build relationships? What other companies have pushed for social change? Is this a good way to maintain relationships? Why or why not?