The Black community’s upset over the lack of diversity in the Academy Award nominees has Hollywood up in arms as more and more Black celebrities decide whether they will be supporting this year’s show or not.
After the Academy announced its nominations that included no Black actors or film makers for the second year in a row, the Black community has been expressing outrage and joining forces to boycott this year’s Oscars.
The hashtag #OscarsSoWhite is currently trending on Twitter, Jada Pinkett Smith’ powerful speech on why Black people should boycott the show has now gone viral, and some have now begun to put pressure on the show’s host, Chris Rock, to step down from his hosting gig and join his Black counterparts in boycotting the event.
The president of the Academy, who happens to be a black woman, Cheryl Boone Isaacs released a statement expressing her “frustration” with the “lack of inclusion”
Read what she had to say below:
I’d like to acknowledge the wonderful work of this year’s nominees. While we celebrate their extraordinary achievements, I am both heartbroken and frustrated about the lack of inclusion. This is a difficult but important conversation, and it’s time for big changes. The Academy is taking dramatic steps to alter the makeup of our membership. In the coming days and weeks we will conduct a review of our membership recruitment in order to bring about much-needed diversity in our 2016 class and beyond.
As many of you know, we have implemented changes to diversify our membership in the last four years. but the change is not coming as fast as we would like. We need to do more, and better and more quickly.
This isn’t unprecedented for the Academy. In the ’60s and ’70s it was about recruiting younger members to stay vital and relevant. In 2016, the mandate is inclusion in all of its facets: gender, race, ethnicity and sexual orientation. We recognize the very real concerns of our community, and I so appreciate all of you who have reached out to me in our effort to move forward together.
How is even the President of the Academy frustrated by the lack of diversity in the nominees? If she doesn’t have a say then who does?
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