Jada Pinkett Smith Is Boycotting the Oscars

Jada Pinkett Smith agrees with many who are outraged over the Oscars’ lack of diversity, and she has decided to boycott the awards show. If you’ve been on Twitter since this year’s O...
Jada Pinkett Smith Is Boycotting the Oscars
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  • Jada Pinkett Smith agrees with many who are outraged over the Oscars’ lack of diversity, and she has decided to boycott the awards show.

    If you’ve been on Twitter since this year’s Oscar nominees were announced, you may have seen the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite trending off and on. The backlash to this year’s list of nominees has been strong.

    All 20 acting nominations – Leading Actor, Leading Actress, Supporting Actor, and Supporting Actress – were given to white performers.

    “At the Oscars…people of color are always welcomed to give out awards…even entertain,” Pinkett Smith tweeted over the weekend. “But we are rarely recognized for our artistic accomplishments. Should people of color refrain from participating all together? People can only treat us in the way in which we allow. With much respect in the midst of deep disappointment.”

    In a video posted to her Facebook page, Smith elaborated on her feelings about the Oscars. She announced that she would not attend, not will she watch the ceremony.

    We must stand in our power!

    We must stand in our power.

    Posted by Jada Pinkett Smith on Monday, January 18, 2016

    Director Spike Lee has joined Pinkett Smith in her boycott.

    #OscarsSoWhite… Again. I Would Like To Thank President Cheryl Boone Isaacs And The Board Of Governors Of The Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts And Sciences For Awarding Me an Honorary Oscar This Past November. I Am Most Appreciative. However My Wife, Mrs. Tonya Lewis Lee And I Will Not Be Attending The Oscar Ceremony This Coming February. We Cannot Support It And Mean No Disrespect To My Friends, Host Chris Rock and Producer Reggie Hudlin, President Isaacs And The Academy. But, How Is It Possible For The 2nd Consecutive Year All 20 Contenders Under The Actor Category Are White? And Let's Not Even Get Into The Other Branches. 40 White Actors In 2 Years And No Flava At All. We Can't Act?! WTF!! It's No Coincidence I'm Writing This As We Celebrate The 30th Anniversary Of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's Birthday. Dr. King Said "There Comes A Time When One Must Take A Position That Is Neither Safe, Nor Politic, Nor Popular But He Must Take It Because Conscience Tells Him It's Right". For Too Many Years When The Oscars Nominations Are Revealed, My Office Phone Rings Off The Hook With The Media Asking Me My Opinion About The Lack Of African-Americans And This Year Was No Different. For Once, (Maybe) I Would Like The Media To Ask All The White Nominees And Studio Heads How They Feel About Another All White Ballot. If Someone Has Addressed This And I Missed It Then I Stand Mistaken. As I See It, The Academy Awards Is Not Where The "Real" Battle Is. It's In The Executive Office Of The Hollywood Studios And TV And Cable Networks. This Is Where The Gate Keepers Decide What Gets Made And What Gets Jettisoned To "Turnaround" Or Scrap Heap. This Is What's Important. The Gate Keepers. Those With "The Green Light" Vote. As The Great Actor Leslie Odom Jr. Sings And Dances In The Game Changing Broadway Musical HAMILTON, "I WANNA BE IN THE ROOM WHERE IT HAPPENS". People, The Truth Is We Ain't In Those Rooms And Until Minorities Are, The Oscar Nominees Will Remain Lilly White. (Cont'd)

    A photo posted by Spike Lee (@officialspikelee) on

    The Academy Awards air on February 28th.

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