Joaquin Phoenix Calls Out BAFTA’s Lack Of Diversity During Acceptance Speech

Joaquin Phoenix spoke up about BAFTA’s lack of diversity.

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The “Joker” actor addressed the issue at the 2020 British Academy Film Awards after the headlines surrounding the award ceremony’s almost all-white nominees.

Phoenix voiced his opinion during his acceptance speech after winning Best Actor for his role in “Joker” on Sunday at Royal Albert Hall in London, England.

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“I feel conflicted because so many of my fellow actors that are deserving don’t have that same privilege. I think we send a very clear message to people of colour that you’re not welcome here. I don’t think anybody wants a handout or preferential treatment, people just want to be acknowledged, appreciated and respected for their work. This is not a self-righteous condemnation. I’m part of the problem,” Phoenix said.

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“We have to do the hard work to truly understand systemic racism. I think it is the obligation of the people that have created and perpetuate and benefit from a system of oppression to be the ones that dismantle it. That’s on us.”

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