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Patricia Arquette Slams the Oscars for Not Including Her Sister Alexis in Their “In Memoriam” Segment

“I think that was a real slight to the trans community.

By
Gina Mei

Feb 28, 2017

The Best Picture mix-up wasn’t the only major flub at the Oscars on Sunday night.

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight on Monday, Patricia Arquette slammed the award show for neglecting to include her sister, transgender character actress and activist Alexis Arquette, in their “In Memoriam” video — something she believed was “a real slight to the trans community.”

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“Alexis was a great actor, and had 70 credits, and was really brave to live her truth as a trans woman, and they didn’t include her in the memorial,” the actress told ET.

“I think that was a real slight to the trans community, especially at this time when trans kids can’t even go to the bathroom in the United States of America at school,” she continued. “It says a lot about the lack of inclusion — trans kids can really never look at anyone and see their heroes, and I think that was a big mistake.”

Arquette died last September as a result of cardiac arrest connected to bacterial endocarditis. She was 47. In a statement at the time, Arquette’s siblings said she died surrounded by family, who serenaded her with David Bowie’s “Starman.”

“Alexis was a brilliant artist and painter, a singer, an entertainer and an actor,” they said. “We learned what real bravery is through watching her journey of living as a trans woman. We came to discover the one truth — that love is everything.”

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