White Hollywood: "We're not racists"
Actress Jada Pinkett Smith, rapper Snoop Dogg, and documentary filmmaker Michael Moore have all joined Al Sharpton in calling for a boycott of the 88th Academy Awards airing February 28.
Spike Lee: “until minorities are [in film studios’ boardrooms], the Oscar nominees will remain lily white.”
“When you have an industry where 40% of the theater-goers are people of color, but the representation [of] people of color in the Academy is much smaller, you have a situation that is offensive and insulting,” Sharpton said.
“Secondly, the reason why it’s so important to us is because the Oscars have always been considered the ultimate prize in American cinema and culture. We can not afford in an era that we can have a black in the White House, a black attorney general, but a black for two years or a brown for two years can’t get an Oscar nomination? There’s something totally contradictory about that.”
Defenders of the status quo are always stronger than reformers seeking change,
UNTIL the status quo self-destructs from its own corruption, and the reformers are free to build on its ashes.