Well unless you live under a rock, you probably have heard about this year’s Oscar Awards being blatantly dominated by white people. No actor of color was nominated for an Oscar. The selection committee even went as far as acknowledging Straight Outta Compton but not any of its black cast, writers or producers but just the white writers of the original screenplay. The disregard for the talent and performance of actors and creatives of color offended many but Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee made it known to the public that they would be boycotting this year’s ceremony.
The Oscar white out has been receiving a boat load of criticism and inspired the viral Twitter hashtag, #OscarsSoWhite in which people were able to express their feelings via social media. All of the flack grabbed the attention of the President of the Academy and to the surprise of many, she’s actually a “Sista.”
Yep, you heard that right. Cheryl Boone Issacs has been the President since 2013 and she is the first African American to hold the position. Rather or not she is just the face of an ill, discriminatory operation or if she actually has any real power seems to be the question. At a gala hosted on MLK day, she was being honored and Selma star, David Oyelowo decided to go off script to express his frustrations.
“This institution doesnâ€™t reflect its president and it doesnâ€™t reflect this room. I am an Academy member and it doesnâ€™t reflect me, and it doesnâ€™t reflect this nation.”~ David Oyelowo
David clearly is not the only one upset about being overlooked for his work, Creed Director, Ryan Coogler held an event, #MLKNOW in which many black Hollywood stars came together as a collective to express their ideas of solutions.
Yesterday, Issacs decided to take to Twitter to release a statement about the lack of “inclusion.” Check out the letter below.
A statement from Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs pic.twitter.com/Nqhgc7sbqG
â€” The Academy (@TheAcademy) January 19, 2016
What are your thoughts about her statement?