The Oscars 2016 nominations stirred a ripple in the entertainment industry, especially when no artists of color were nominated for an acting award. Subsequently, Will Smith and his wife, along with other artists of color, called for an Oscars 2016 boycott, wherein artists of color are urged by to skip the awards night altogether.
During an interview with ET, Smith stated, “We don’t have the problem with the Grammy as an award or the Grammys as an institution. We just had a problem with the 1989 design of the awards show. We chose to boycott. We feel that it’s a slap in the face.”
To name a few other than the Smiths, Tyrese Gibson also urged Chris Rock, the official host for the upcoming event, to partake in the Oscars 2016 boycott scheme. Many artists of color followed suit and respectively declined to attend the 88th Academy Awards.
At present, the Oscars 2016 nominations’ “lack of diversity” issue has escalated, and some of the entertainment industry’s noteworthy personalities are getting worried that many artists would follow the Oscars 2016 boycott movement.
In fact, civil rights activist, Earl Ofari Hutchinson, had something to say about the issue. He stated, “Tune out of boycott must go into effect.” Ali Najee, one of the group’s organizers, also said, “Our attitude is that if African-Americans are not going to be part of the telecast, being nominated or getting an award, then why should African-Americans watch and support a ceremony that seems to lack diversity and inclusion of African-Americans and other minorities.”
The report indicates that Academy president, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, did promise to extend efforts in providing minorities with more power into the organization by 2020. However, it was concluded that what she promised are mere plans and have not been reflected in a call to action, especially for this year’s awards night.
On the contrary, renowned actress, Whoopi Goldberg, shot down allegations that the Oscars, or the Academy for that matter, are not racist. During an interview with The View, Goldberg said, “The issue is not the Academy. Even if you fill the Academy with black and Latino and Asian members, if there’s no one on the screen to vote for, you’re not going to get the outcome that you want.”
She added, “I won once. So it can’t be that racist. You need directors and producers that will say, ‘Hey, what about so and so?’. They need to be aware that the picture is not complete.”
With regards to the Oscars 2016 boycott issue, the Academy Award winner said, “You wanna boycott something? Don’t go see the movies that don’t have your representation. That’s the boycott you want. To me, we have this conversation every year. It p—– me off.” Seems like Goldberg opposes the Oscars 2016 boycott movement.