The Academy Awards will be held on February 28, 2016, but actress Jada Pinkett Smith and Director Spike Lee will not be there. The two African Americans have spoken out against racial inequality at the Academy Awards show. 20 out of 20 actor nominations for this years Academy Awards are all Caucasian.
Monday, during Martin Luther King Day, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Smith and Lee all spoke out about the issue.
CNN reported what Spike Lee had to say:
‘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,” Lee wrote on Instagram. “Forty white actors in two years and no flava at all. We can’t act?! WTF!!’
Boone Isaacs is the president of the Oscars. BBC reported the following from Boone Isaacs:
“Boone Isaacs praised the ‘wonderful work’ of the nominees but said she was “heartbroken” at the lack of diversity.
Boone Isaacs added that “dramatic steps” were being taken, saying: “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.”
Members, made up of people from the film industry, vote on who is nominated for the Oscars each year….
…’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.’ “
Jada Pinkett Smith posted this facebook video. Follow the link: https://www.facebook.com/jada/videos/vb.51346591319/10153983404106320/?type=2&theater
Equality among gender and race is important, but if the best nominees happen to be Caucasian, excluding one of these nominees to include someone of another race is also unfair. Either way, it is unusual and suspicious that all the actor nominees are Caucasian. In my opinion, Will Smith should have been nominated for his performance in Concussion.