The 2016 Oscar’s have been a major topic of discussion in the world of entertainment. Several Celebrities have taken to social media to express frustrations concerning the lack of diversity in this year’s nominations. The ring leader being, actress , Jada Pinkett-Smith.
On January 16, the actress tweeted,
At the Oscars…people of color are always welcomed to give out awards…even entertain” (pt. 1)
She went further to say,
But we are rarely recognized for our artistic accomplishments. Should people of color refrain from participating all together? (pt. 2)
Pinkett-Smith put a video online, expressing her feelings.
In a news exclusive interview on Good Morning America, Pinkett-Smith’s husband, Will Smith said to Robin Roberts “It would be awkward for me to show up with Charlize. Jada and I have discussed it, and we’re part of this community but at this current time, we’re uncomfortable to stand there and say that this is okay.”
Other celebrities such as Spike Lee, and Snoop Dogg, have joined Pinkett-Smith. Lee took to Instagram to express his frustrations. See the photo here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BArm7C2Sqh_/. He started the Instagram trend, #OscarsSoWhite.
“I have heard about the controversy surrounding the Academy Awards. It has been said that the majority of the nominees are Caucasian. I do not watch the Academy Awards because I do not see a reason to. Celebrity Award shows do not enrich my life in any way. I love movies, but do not particularly care what everyone else things of them or the actors. I like what I like, and that is good for me,” editor and professional journalist, Sara Owen said.
Snoop Dogg expressed his feelings in an explicit video. The rapper, says he will not be attending the 2016 Oscar’s due to the lack of diversity. He expressed his feeling in a profanity filled video that can seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0Kson76_bQ.
“I believe there is a lack of diversity in Hollywood. I’m not going to assume it is racist, but I do see how some can feel the way they do about the issue. They have a right to boycott,” Owen said.
According to an article written in the Los Angeles Times, by Tre’vell Anderson, Nominees, including Rooney Mara and Sylvester Stallone, spoke about the benefits of the conversation prompted by the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite as well as their feelings on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences‘ new commitment to ensuring diversity.
The Oscar’s will air on February 28 at 5:30 p.m., with comedian, Chris Rock as the host.
Videos in article retrieved from Youtube.
All photo’s from the previous video were retrieved using google images. (Type Celebrities Boycott the Oscars)