Jada Pinkett Smith Boycotts Oscars For Lack Of Diversity – Jada Pinkett Smith call racist Academy



Jada Pinkett Smith Boycotts Oscars For Lack Of Diversity
“We are rarely recognized for our artistic accomplishments.”
01/17/2016 03:17 pm ET | Updated 1 hour ago
Julia Brucculieri
Entertainment Writer, The Huffington Post
UPDATE: Jada Pinkett Smith has announced that she will not be attending or watching the 2016 Academy Awards.

In a video posted to Facebook Monday morning, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the actress posed some powerful, thoughtful questions.

“Is it time that people of color recognize how much power, influence, that we have amassed, that we no longer need to ask to be invited anywhere?” she said in the video. “Maybe it’s time that we recognize that if we love and respect and acknowledge ourselves in the way in which we are asking others to do, that that is the place of true power.”

Pinkett Smith called for change, saying that “it’s our responsibility now” to make the difference.

“Begging for acknowledgement, or even asking, diminishes dignity and diminishes power. And we are a dignified people and we are powerful,” she said. “Let’s do us, differently.”

Pinkett Smith isn’t alone in her thinking. Following the nomination announcement last week, Rev. Al Sharpton slammed the Academy for overlooking black actors.

“Yet again, deserving black actors and directors were ignored by the Academy — which reinforces the fact that there are few, if any, blacks with real power in Hollywood,” he said in a statement provided by the National Action Network. “Being left out of awards consideration is about more than just recognition for a job well-done; winning an Oscar has long-lasting cultural and economic impacts.”

This year, out of the 20 people nominated in the acting categories at the Oscars none are people of color. None.

Furthermore, in the nominated films that include non-white cast members, only white contributors have been recognized with nominations. One key exception is Alejandro González Iñárritu, who’s up for Best Director for “The Revenant.

Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs also spoke to the issue, saying, “Of course I am disappointed. But this is not to take away the greatness [of the films nominated]. This has been a great year in film, it really has across the board.”

But she also noted that the Academy’s efforts at embracing diversity are moving too slowly.

“You are never going to know what is going to appear on the sheet of paper until you see it,” she said. “We have got to speed it up.”

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20 thoughts on “Jada Pinkett Smith Boycotts Oscars For Lack Of Diversity – Jada Pinkett Smith call racist Academy”

  1. Don'cha jus feel sorry for Jada? Because of her husbands success she lives the lifestyle of the top 1% income earners. Quick story: Several years ago (don't remember the source) she took her Lamborghini to the jewelry store and dropped six figures without batting an eye. She can have anything she wants, do anything she wants, meet anyone she wants etc. No matter how she chooses to word her statement, she's mad that Will didn't get nominated for an Oscar for Concussion. No one cared about that movie. It bombed at the box office. The members of the Academy did not think his performance was worthy of a nomination. It's subjective. He has been nominated twice before. Apparently, his race didn't matter. Jada is just an arrogant woman. It just proves that no matter what you have in life you always want more.

  2. bitch go home and take care of your children first- who are becoming fucked up one by one, instead of sitting there being butthurt over what all black people knew from day 1, there will always be unfairness in the industry so what, hollywood BELONGS TO the whiteman and they can have it- packs of satanists..

    black people are fighting for their lives and you are sitting there , on your priviledged rich ass moaning about not being nominated/ accepted by white people. its not all about money and we do not seek acceptance from no fucking body!!! . Take care of your fucked up children first.

  3. I never watched the academy awards, grammys, etc. Those shows aren't nothing but political b.s. I'm sad to say I don't even watch the black award shows. When these award shows are able to come correct treat the public that we have the sense God gave us and apologize for treating us like dummies maybe I'll consider it. In the mean time I agree with Snoop Dog. Brother you've always been for real and on point. Now that's what I'm talking about. ✌

  4. THE ILLUMINATI THEY DON'T CARE ABOUT AFRICAN AMERICAN N HISPANIC ACTORS AND ACTRESSES.EVERYONE FOR THEM ARE JUST LEFT OVERS FROM THE WOLVES DINNER TABLE.JADA THEY GONNA MAKE HER APOLOGIZE IN NATIONAL TELEVISION FOR HER WRONG DOING AGAINST THE ORGANIZATION.IF SHE APOLOGIZED EVERYTHING IS ALRIGHT N THEY CONTINUE BEING SLAVES TO THE ORGANIZATION N THE WOLVES.THE ILLUMINATI N MASON N ROTHSCHILD N ROCKEFELLER N THE ACADEMY THEY CONTROL ALL AFRICAN AMERICAN N HISPANIC ACTORS AND ACTRESSES IN HOLLYWOOD.THEY ARE JUST SLAVES FOR THE ORGANIZATION.

  5. Jada Pinkett Smith, I agree with you on getting our people to do our their own thing through our own venues, but y'all got the money to get it started, so put the money where your mouth is.

  6. I'm not a racist but their really wasn't any good movies with black people as a leading character nor any good movies in general, just a few I even really watched this year that had a black man in the lead roll was a comedy and it was the hateful 8 with Samuel L Jackson as the lead which was a great movie but funny it really wasn't Oscar worthy.. like will smiths movie after earth was awesome and deserved a Oscar and a Grammy and will smith is an amazing person and actor he deserves a lot more rewards then anyone else in my opinion

  7. Any Black person who can't support what she said here is just comfortable with powerlessness. And…too ignorant, and weak hearted to imagine or create a real future for OUR children.

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