When I learned that 10-year-old actress Julia Butters brought her own turkey sandwich to the 2020 Oscars ceremony, it made me smile.
Multiple media outlets reported that Julia, who played a major role in the Quentin Tarantino film, “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood,” favored turkey to other foods some other Hollywood types may think is best.
Wearing a pink dress and holding a matching blingy pink purse, Julia opened the purse to reveal a turkey sandwich cut into small pieces. She even took a bite or two on camera.
“Sometimes the food here is not for me. Let’s just say that,” she told reporters.
This was a stark contrast from what happened last month at the Golden Globes ceremony, when attendees were expected to dine on a vegan meal. The organizers, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), cited concerns over climate change for the vegan menu.
“The food we eat, the way we grow the food we eat, the way we dispose of the food is one of the large contributors to the climate crisis,” HFPA President Lorenzo Soria told the Associated Press.
The hypocrisy of that decision irked many people, considering the high number of Golden Globes attendees traveled to the ceremony in private jets and limousines, and things as simple as water and flowers were imported from other countries. Such contradictory behavior was called out by Frank Mitloehner, professor and cooperative extension air quality specialist at the University of California-Davis Department of Animal Science, at the 2020 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) as “highly irresponsible.”
It's sad that a 10-year-old girl appears to have more sense than adults in leadership positions for organizations such as the HFPA.
Maybe the Golden Globes organizers could take a cue from Julia.
Or maybe all attendees at the 2021 Golden Globes can do as Julia did, and brown-bag it. Well, I guess technically, she pink-bagged it, but she followed her own tastes and didn’t let others dictate what she ate and for what reasons. I like that.