Over the weekend the Oscar nominees have been caused quite a frenzy due to this being the second year in a row that all of the nominees have been white.
Jada Pinkett and Spike Lee have announced on Monday that they will boycott this year’s award ceremony due to lack of diversity among nominees.
“We cannot support it and I mean no disrespect… But, how is it possible for the second consecutive year all 20 contenders under the acting category are white? And let’s not even get into the other branches….. Forty white actors in two years and no flava at all. We can’t act? WTF!!” Spike Lee said on his Instagram page.
Lee, went on to further say that the “real battle” over racism in Hollywood is not the Academy Awards, but in the “executive offices to the Hollywood studios, TV and cable networks, where gatekeepers decide which projects get made and which don’t.”
Jada Pinkett Smith, made a video saying she will not be attending or watching the Oscars this year, “begging for acknowledgement, or even asking, diminishes dignity and diminishes power. And we are a dignified people, and we are powerful…. So let’s let the Academy do them, with all grace and love. And let’s do us, differently.”
Comedian Chris Rock, made a joke on Twitter, calling the Oscars, the white BET awards, which caused an abundance of negative responses of people saying he should take a stand and not host instead of joking about it.
A rep from Chris says that even though he is under a lot of pressure to pull out from hosting, Chris believes that he will have a bigger impact by still doing the show and making a difference from the inside instead of out.
The Academy voters consist of mainly older, white, men that I personally think are out of tune with today’s society and to a certain extent racists. Last year was a great year of great movies, nevertheless, Creed, Straight Outta Compton, and Concussion are some black movies that have made a stamp in history. Straight Outta Compton was one of the highest gross movies of all time and its story will forever be talked about for years to come.
I stopped watching award shows a long time ago. Personally, I find them to be boring and repetitive. However, I think the boycott will bring more awareness for not only blacks in film, but other minorities in film as well.
What are your thoughts on this?
- Imari W