Jada Pinkett Smith is going to BOYCOTT The Oscars!
MAJOR CONTROVERSY ahead.
It’s official. Jada Pinkett Smith will be boycotting The Oscars this year and she's called for others to do the same.
The reason for this boycott??
After catching some heat last year, again the Academy has failed to nominate any actors of colour. There were some great options with stunning performances from Idris Elba (Beasts of No Nation) and Benicia Del Toro (Sicario). In the Picture and dDirecting categories, critically-acclaimed films like Creed and Straight Outta Compton were also left out of the mix, making the latter the second film since Bridesmaids to receive all other awards season noms but miss out on the Oscar nod.
In a video message posted to her Facebook page, Jada said it was time for people of colour to disregard the Academy Awards.
“Begging for acknowledgement or even asking, diminishes dignity and diminishes power. And we are dignified people and we are powerful. Let’s let the academy do them, with all grace and love. And let’s do us differently.”
Actor Spike Lee who is also said to be boycotting the event penned a message on the issue and posted it to Instagram.
“We cannot support it and I mean no disrespect to my friends, Host Chris Rock and producer Reggie Hudlin, President Issacs and The Academy. But, how is it possible for the 2nd consecutive year all 20 contenders under the actor category are white? As I see It, The Academy Awards is not where the 'real' battle is. It’s in the Executive Office of the Hollywood Studios and TV and Cable networks. This is where the gate keepers decide what gets made and wats gets jettisoned to 'turnaround' or 'scrap heap.'"
Will Smith’s ex co-star from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Janet Hubert came in swinging at Jada, “First of all, Miss Thing, does your man not have a mouth of his own with which to speak.”
Take a look at the crazy response below (IT’S A MAJOR BURN)
Since the Oscar nominations were announced #OscarsSoWhite has been trending on Twitter. But while the hashtag may be gaining momentum, The Academy Awards has some diversity covered with host Chris Rock.
What do you think of the backlash and boycotts coming down on the Academy Awards this year? Is it fair?