UPDATE: Tuesday, January 19 (8:42 p.m. ET) – After Jada Pinkett Smith suggested boycotting the Oscars due to the lack of diversity for the second year in a row, Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences president Cheryl Boone Isaacs has responded to the controversy saying she is “heartbroken and frustrated about the lack of inclusion”.
Pinkett Smith, who expressed her “deep disappointment”; just a couple of days ago, has now tweeted her gratitude towards Boone Isaacs for acknowledging the problem and agreeing to try fix it.
I would like to express my gratitude to the Academy, specifically Cheryl Boone Isaacs, (pt 1)
— Jada Pinkett Smith (@jadapsmith) January 20, 2016
for such a quick response in regard to the issue at hand. I look forward to the future. (pt 2)
— Jada Pinkett Smith (@jadapsmith) January 20, 2016
UPDATE: Monday, Jan. 18 (4:13 p.m. ET) – Funnyman David Alan Grier takes a shot at Spike Lee’s Oscar boycott, pointing out that the Chiraq director’s angry rant doesn’t make any mention of him refusing his honourary Oscar:
Spike Lee says he’ll boycott the Oscars this year to protest it’s lack of diversity but he’s not giving back the Oscar he just got…
— David Alan Grier (@davidalangrier) January 18, 2016
//platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsIn addition, activist filmmaker Michael Moore tweeted his support of the stance taken by Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith.
I support @jadapsmith and @SpikeLee and will join with them. I believe the Academy will fix this. Thank you President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. — Michael Moore (@MMFlint) January 19, 2016
UPDATE: Monday, Jan. 18 (11:30 a.m. ET) – Director Spike Lee will be receiving an honourary Oscar at this year’s Academy Awards, but in a lengthy Instagram post explains why he won’t be attending the ceremony to pick it up.
“We cannot support it,”; he says of the Oscars following the controversy that erupted when not a single black actor was nominated in any of the acting categories.
“How is it possible for the 2nd consecutive year all 20 contenders under the acting category are white?”; he writes. “We can’t act? WTF!!”;
#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 Jan 18, 2016 at 5:03am PST
//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.jsJada Pinkett Smith is weighing in on the #OscarsSoWhite controversy following this week’s Oscar nominations, in which not one single person of colour was nominated in any of the acting awards.
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“At the Oscars… people of color are always welcomed to give out awards…even entertain,”; she tweeted.
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“But we are rarely recognized for our artistic accomplishments. Should people of color refrain from participating alltogether?”; she adds, sharing her “deep disappointment.”;
At the Oscars…people of color are always welcomed to give out awards…even entertain, (pt. 1) — Jada Pinkett Smith (@jadapsmith) January 16, 2016
But we are rarely recognized for our artistic accomplishments. Should people of color refrain from participating all together? (pt 2) — Jada Pinkett Smith (@jadapsmith) January 16, 2016
People can only treat us in the way in which we allow. With much respect in the midst of deep disappointment. J (pt 3) — Jada Pinkett Smith (@jadapsmith) January 16, 2016
//platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsMeanwhile, Academy Awards host Chris Rock is greeting the controversy with comedy, joking that the Oscars are “the white BET Awards.”;
The #Oscars. The White BET Awards. https://t.co/8qjLR0uysI — Chris Rock (@chrisrock) January 15, 2016
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