Oscars Boycott: 7 Celebs Slam The Academy’s Lack Of Diversity
Since announcing the nominations for 2016, the Oscars have been generating a lot of controversy for their lack of diversity among the nominees. So far, several celebrities have said that they don’t plan to attend the ceremony while others have come out in support of the boycott. Here are 7 celebs who have slammed the Academy’s lack of diversity:
7. Jada Pinkett-Smith
Jada Pinkett-Smith was one of the first celebrities to speak out about boycotting the Oscars because of the lack of diversity. “At the Oscars…people of color are always welcomed to give out awards…even entertain, 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,” she wrote in a Facebook post.
6. Spike Lee
When the Oscar nominees were announced, Spike Lee said that he and his wife would not be attending the ceremony because black actors were shut out of the nominations. “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,” he wrote on Instagram. “40 White Actors In 2 Years And No Flava At All. We Can’t Act?!”