Spike Lee, Jada Pinkett Smith Call for Oscar Boycott

Spike Lee Oscar Boycott
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UPDATED: Despite receiving an honorary Oscar at last year’s Governor’s Awards, Spike Lee posted on Instagram on Martin Luther King’s birthday Monday, saying he and his wife would not be attending the Oscar ceremony.

Lee’s statement said, “We Cannot Support It And Mean No Disrespect To My Friends, Host Chris Rock and Producer Reggie Hudlin, President Isaacs And The Academy. But, How Is It Possible For The 2nd Consecutive Year All 20 Contenders Under The Actor Category Are White? And Let’s Not Even Get Into The Other Branches. 40 White Actors In 2 Years And No Flava At All. We Can’t Act?! WTF!!”

It continues, “Dr. King Said “There Comes A Time When One Must Take A Position That Is Neither Safe, Nor Politic, Nor Popular But He Must Take It Because Conscience Tells Him It’s Right.”

He then lays out what he sees as the reason for the problem: “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 What Gets Jettisoned To “Turnaround” Or Scrap Heap. People, The Truth Is We Ain’t In Those Rooms And Until Minorities Are, The Oscar Nominees Will Remain Lilly White.”

#OscarsSoWhite… Again. I Would Like To Thank President Cheryl Boone Isaacs And The Board Of Governors Of The Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts And Sciences For Awarding Me an Honorary Oscar This Past November. I Am Most Appreciative. However My Wife, Mrs. Tonya Lewis Lee And I Will Not Be Attending The Oscar Ceremony This Coming February. We Cannot Support It And Mean No Disrespect To My Friends, Host Chris Rock and Producer Reggie Hudlin, President Isaacs And The Academy. But, How Is It Possible For The 2nd Consecutive Year All 20 Contenders Under The Actor Category Are White? And Let's Not Even Get Into The Other Branches. 40 White Actors In 2 Years And No Flava At All. We Can't Act?! WTF!! It's No Coincidence I'm Writing This As We Celebrate The 30th Anniversary Of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's Birthday. Dr. King Said "There Comes A Time When One Must Take A Position That Is Neither Safe, Nor Politic, Nor Popular But He Must Take It Because Conscience Tells Him It's Right". For Too Many Years When The Oscars Nominations Are Revealed, My Office Phone Rings Off The Hook With The Media Asking Me My Opinion About The Lack Of African-Americans And This Year Was No Different. For Once, (Maybe) I Would Like The Media To Ask All The White Nominees And Studio Heads How They Feel About Another All White Ballot. If Someone Has Addressed This And I Missed It Then I Stand Mistaken. 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 What Gets Jettisoned To "Turnaround" Or Scrap Heap. This Is What's Important. The Gate Keepers. Those With "The Green Light" Vote. As The Great Actor Leslie Odom Jr. Sings And Dances In The Game Changing Broadway Musical HAMILTON, "I WANNA BE IN THE ROOM WHERE IT HAPPENS". People, The Truth Is We Ain't In Those Rooms And Until Minorities Are, The Oscar Nominees Will Remain Lilly White. (Cont'd)

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At November’s Governor’s Awards, he told Hollywood,  “You better get smart” about making films that represent the population. His latest film “Chi-Raq” has not figured in the awards season conversation.

With a black Academy president, Oscar host and Oscar producer in Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Chris Rock and Reginald Hudlin, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences seems to be pushing for greater diversity. But as Lee points out, the organization itself does not determine which films get made.

On Saturday, Jada Pinkett Smith got the ball rolling when she tweeted, “At the Oscars…people of color are always welcomed to give out awards…even entertain. But we are rarely recognized for our artistic accomplishments. Should people of color refrain from participating all together?”

Gil Robertson, president of the African-American Film Critics Association, responded to their calls for a boycott on Sunday with the following statement: “I think it would be a mistake to boycott anything. The black community needs to understand that receiving an Oscar nomination is a big deal for anyone, regardless of race. Under Cheryl Boone Isaac’s leadership, the Academy is moving closer to getting in step with the real world. Change takes time.”

Later on Monday, Isaacs tweeted a statement about the controversy, saying that she is “heartbroken and frustrated” about the lack of inclusion in the Oscar nominations. On Tuesday, Smith tweeted that she appreciated the apology — however, it does still seem as though the boycott is still on.

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  1. Jane says:

    Suing Sony for what? ut your big boy pants on, you will survive thru this emotional turmoil, you are only a victim of your own demise. Im not white nor black and I get the hate from both sides , but Im a strong person and I keep on moving I don’t go around suing everyone every time someone says something that’s offensive, and trust me I hear it all the time , especially by the blacks. I dont hate on either race I just know karma will catch up with them and that’s what brings me peace.

  2. I am on a crusade to make certain that Hollywood changes the complexion of those who are IN THE STUDIOS. There is indeed a ceiling for a large majority of African-Americans at Studios. I worked for Sony and witnessed, discussed and now am the lone voice of many Suing Sony for its racially exclusionary stance. Sony showed last year with Amy Pascal’s racist statements about President Obama that African-Americans are viewed in a singular way no matter the depth of their education and height they’ve reached. The statements about Denzel not being adequate because he is African-American to lead a film, which was the discussion Michael Lynton, also Co-Chair engaged in, continued to fan the flames of how pervasive and undermining the idea of African-Americans having a fixed place at the table. Denzel is undeniably brilliant as an actor so the fact that the Head of Sony was even engaged in the conversation is unsettling to say the least. In any case if you would like more information about my personal fight, please go to Underground Bridge to Entertainment. We also have weekly calls now to fight racism in Hollywood and specifically we are constantly addressing Sony’s discrimination because there is not question that they engage in practices that are discriminatory in their offices.

  3. Daddy says:

    Spike lee took his basic cable channel off basic channels and is making subscribers pay to see reruns of cops from the 90’s for spike tv… What an egomaniac… Complains bout the oscars as he’s making more money than anyone #oldspikewasbetter #spikesoselfish

  4. JFP says:

    FU Spike Lee and ALL the other racist
    Egg Plants Low Life’s,Street Scum,
    Middle Class,& the rich Black Folks
    U All can go FUS

  5. g.t. says:

    who cares about this or them…they didn’t earn an Oscar this year, if they did they would NOT boycott anything…loosers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Jazz says:

    Let the boycott preppers put their money where their mouths are and have them select any afro american actor/actress for each of the categories whom they believe did a better job than any of the already nominated actors/actresses and trade them with one of the nominees and tell them personally that they do not belong in the nominated list because they have someone who they think is a better performer. That will shut ’em up.

    So Cris Rock, there is no such thing as doing the right thing in this case. The fire that is set is always someone else to be blamed for, and those who do put oil on it. I guess it’s time for a good ‘ol fashioned barbecue party where everyone is invited cause this fire is going to be there for a while, so make good use of it and put some good American steak on it with a nice cayenne marinade on top because I don’t hear the latino actors b*tch about this nonsens.

  7. plansmaker says:

    Yo, Spike.
    It’s time to start your own “Black Oscar”.
    First you have to fire Knicks James Dolan and replace with a Brotha.

  8. Jerry says:

    Denzel has his Oscar, so what is the problem Pinkett?

    I love Denzel.

  9. spike murpy says:

    I cannot believe that whenever blacks do not like decisions they take to the streets or protest or boycott..one would think that maybe they just didn’t deserve consideration! Blacks try to force their will on the process which “taints” the entire concept of an oscar…they are so lame..Will Smith did not deserve consideration and I see no other that came close to his performance as far as the African American classification…quit crying..dam its so old!!!

  10. dutti says:

    This is an observation from a black reader. if, instead of just complaining about being left out, why don’t people give the evidence backing the complaints. then we can judge from the evidence.
    I guess there should be criteria by which actorsnare nominated and selected for the award. If any black actor is proven to have had clearly scored better than the white nominee or awardee but left out, we can guess that as any thing-error or discrimination. If this scenario happened for many black actors, I would question the credibility of the decisions, or would guess more of discrimination. Other than such sensible stance, just complaining of being left out is meaningless to me. Why would anybody be awarded for an unattractive role. We need actors to be motivated to show better quality, don’t we? I don’t thing we get that by quota

  11. Bob says:

    Here are the Award Ceremonies where whites, Asians, Hispanics, Arabs and NAtive Americans are completely banned- Blacks only:

    BMA- Black movie Awards
    AAFCA- African American Film Critics awards
    BRA: Black Reel Awards
    365Black Awards- BET
    The Young, Black, and Fabulous®
    NAACP Image Awards

    They are proud to have All black awards, clubs, businesses. Yet if another race says anything positive about one of their own these folks jump up and scream racism. The hypocrisy and hate of these folks is absolutely amazing.

    These boycotters are not fighting racism they are spreading it.

    If America truly wants to end racism we need to start with the largest group of violent racists in America- the black community.

  12. Albert says:

    It’s easy for Spike Lee to talk about boycotting, er, not attending the upcoming Oscar ceremony — he already collected his honorary lifetime achievement award at the Academy’s Governor’s Ball a few weeks ago!

    (I wonder how he’d feel if that recognition might have had less to do with his body of work than with Oscar voters being essentially browbeaten or blackmailed, so to speak, in deference to politically correct racial sensitivity?)

    Actions speak louder than words. If the state of things is so troubling to Lee, he should put his so-called money where his ever-obnoxious mouth is: Reject the honor and give the Oscar back!

  13. laura says:

    Now, whenever a black actor is nominated for an award, everyone will wonder whether they are deserving of it, or if it is a nomination of appeasement. Those of us who follow cinema know the greats and they include names such as Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman, Viola Davis, to name a few. Correct me if I am wrong–but they all have Oscars, yes? I agree with the posts emphasizing simple percentages. These awards are not really important in the scheme of things. People need to get over themselves. Having said that, nothing should take away from some of the fine films and performances of this past year; most notably the film SPOTLIGHT. I have nothing to say about it–just go see it. That film is what film is all about. Congratulation to that cast of actors and congratulations to Mark Ruffalo for his nomination. In my opinion, no one is more deserving of an Oscar than him. Color of skin has nothing to do with it.

  14. Congratulations, Jada. Now can you do something about the lifetime positions occupied by members of the Congress and Senate and really enact some kind of real change?

  15. Rich Holland says:

    Spike Lee needs to fire his tailor.

  16. Linda says:

    I am Spanish and I never saw any Latino’s even get nominated for an Oscar, I am offended! I am going on National television and scream racist, Latino’s actor matter (LAM) : and have a tantrum and act like a spoiled entitled rich bitch. JADA STFU and stop your whining, ! The reason why there are so many famous black celebrities is because of the white folks put you all there, so I don’t want to hear your whining that its a race issue.

  17. Richard Thorpe says:

    It is an asset that smith and lee r not attending. Neither have added much to entertainment other than CONTROVERSY.

  18. Buddy says:

    Spike Lee (being Spike Lee) has backtracked on this already. He has a Michael Jackson documentary in the works and needs not ruffle any feathers. He has, after all, committed cinematic suicide for the past decade or so, and every project could be his last. Spike Lee is a racist, but not altogether stupid.

    Jada Pinkett Smith, on the other hand, is very stupid. She is obviously angry because her husband’s career is consistently faltering at this point, and she really doesn’t have a career. I have a suggestion for her. Stop forcing your two children to take roles away from very talented African-American child actors.

  19. Keith Parker says:

    Rather than make it some racially charged “black actors matter” protest, it would be more appropriate if the brothers and sisters in the business showed some real courage and insight and focused their indignation on the so-called velvet mafia of homosexuals that controls Hollywood and now most television content. It seems to be more of a straight/gay thing than a matter of black and white.

  20. Chloe7 says:

    Oscars SOOOO boring. Who would even want to boycot it. All the boring movies get the awards.

  21. God says:

    I’ll happily boycott the movies of anyone who boycotts the Oscars over this nonsense. It’s disrespectful to the nominees, who did their jobs very well and don’t deserve this bull about how some black should have received their slot instead just for being black.

  22. Mike says:

    Sorry did not know that Jada had a talent. Concussion was terrible and the worst was the fake accent from Will Smith. He has done some great films but sorry this was not the roll for him. Compton seeks to glorify drug dealers, thugs and rappers. Again it seems that the academy may be looking for something more creative and constructive than a remake of “Boys in the Hood” which chief appeal was Black Audiences. Lee was honored last year with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Funny he did not boycott the Oscars last year. Even more strange is that they mock the very entity that has provided them enormous wealth. I do not see any white nominees for the BET awards nor do I see any white women represented at the Ms. Black USA pageant. Sounds to me that there are some spore losers or maybe we should just do away with any awards for white actors. I will and think that we should all boycott Will Smith; his career is going to be damaged by this immature and cry baby attitude. They seem to be the racists and separatists in this situation. I think it would be great if one of the winning actors gave Will Smith the award. It is just a piece of metal. I think that the Academy is a private entity and they can nominate whom they choose.

  23. Tom says:

    Spike, Jada, et al-by all means boycott the Oscars! But just remember these facts-you are all paid an artificially high amount of money for something you do, there are others as well qualified, if not more qualified that I’m sure would be willing to take the roles you would turn down and do seriously think that a factory worker, nurse or garbage man is going to stay home from work because his boss doesn’t slap him/her on the back and say “atta boy”? Get in the real world! From now on any movie that is produced, directed or acted in by any of you who boycott, I will boycott! You self-entitled, self aggrandizing little twits can all go pee in the wind! ! !

  24. C Wolf says:

    Halle Berry Jamie Fox congratulations on your Oscars. We have a radical group that wants to destroy us from the face of the earth. We have no Presidents running worthy of voting for. WTF

  25. Madeline Ford says:

    This is just so dumb. The reason isn’t because they are black, it’s because the movies they play in are not Oscar worthy. Most, not all, but most movies that I’ve seen with leading black actors aren’t movies that are worth the Oscars. From what I see most are all about black lives and how they grow up and are oppressed or live in bad neighborhoods, or just joking. But most of us can’t connect with that. Those movies don’t win Oscars because those actors don’t put themselves out there in a different role than the stereotype. To me Oscar nominated movies are those that you see how immersed the actor gets into a role that is out of their comfort zone. When that happens for black actors, I will be the first to jump on board with them winning. You have to play a role that moves people, that draws them in and makes them feel. Viola Davis did that in the help and she was beautiful and so moving. Also, the Oscars are about new and innovation. That is what the Oscars are for, to push directors and actors to do new and exciting things. I will say that I didn’t think Sylvester Stallone should have been nominated, Creed is not a new and innovative movie. It is a remake of all those Rocky movies before, just with a main black actor… That shouldn’t be a reason to be nominated. Fight for the good roles. Get out of your comfort zone and make directors change the part for you, like Sandra Bullock did for ” Our Brand is Crisis” she said she wanted that role even though it was written for a man. Stop complaining and do something. Do something new and exciting, test yourself, see what you are made of and stretch your limits. I think it would better the industry and create some amazing new works.

    • green says:

      Brother I’m an African revolutionary and I agree. The problem is blacks can’t get those type of movies hollywood green lit. We had queen nzinga played by Regina king which would have had the same feel as revenant cuz both are about legends. They refuse to green light it cuz they want her mother white even though they are in central africa. She was the hugest ruler of Africa and everything she had was gold she was also a warrior. But unlike a lot of other blacks I ain’t upset I feel black people are better on TV and netflix. The Oscars are big budgets and we’ll known directors and that’s what makes it bigger than life period

  26. Michael Gillispie says:

    Why should the color of your skin be a determining factor for anything? I just understand. When I go to see a movie rarely do I go because of whose in it. I go because of the trailer or book. There are a few who get to the theater ! Morgan Freeman, Tom Cruise, Denziel Washington, Jodie Foster Helen Miren and the. great Miss Streeep. Also a musical on film.

  27. OVERIT says:

    OMG stay home. Whine to each other over equality. There were no good films with african american actors this year. #Getoverit #tiredofyourcomplaints

    • Bernie says:

      I can only hope that others don’t follow suit. Jada can stay home and one less dress will be modeled on the red carpet. Who cares about either of these whiners? Work on being a winner. Tell your agent to get you a better script and then go to work like all other actresses, maybe if you put all this energy into a role you too will be nominated and can wear that free gown. Of all people to start this crap!

      • George Lucas says:

        Your argument definitely makes sense at first. It seems like common sense but I think you need to consider that there are other mechanisms at work. For example, I’m sure that Jada would love to get a better script but there simply is nothing out there for her. I’m sure she would jump on anything. (Actually, this have something to do with talent rather than race.)

        It’s the unfortunate human condition that people like to watch their own skin color. This is not due to anything evil about humans. It’s due to the fact that movies/TVs are basically a way for us to escape. We envision ourselves in those clothes on that screen. And that’s hard to do when the person is of a different skin color or different culture. This is why Denzel Washington plays only certain parts such as a soldier, cop, and enforcer. And this is probably the reason why you don’t see him in a love scene. This is also why girls prefer movies that have female leads. (Notice how Frozen dominated the young girl’s market.)

        Since white people are the vast majority of the population, it only makes financial sense for each producer to make a movie that focuses on white actors. Why make a movie that caters to a minority with a lower median income? For example, say you are going to develop and sell a widget, are you going to target it to the white market or black market in order to maximize your profits?

        Try to think of the other side of the grass.

  28. ACE says:

    The problem starts with writers (Book and Screenplay) they are mostly white males thaat create stories of white people most of them men. The second issue as Spike points out, is the Studios and Independent producers, again mostly white men focused on casting well known white men, because they believe that’s all our society wants. The third issue is an ignorant American society, perhaps the third most insular and culturally limited group right behind North Korea, and Cuba, difference being they have no choice while lots of Americans just don’t value it. Note; This does not apply to all Americans, just way too many. As for the Academy, mainly white male, they review what has been made irrespective of an actor’s color or a film’s subject matter and selects based on merit not a diversity quota.

  29. Kevin Wayne says:

    The black community already has the NAACP Image Awards, that ONLY nominates people of color. So what the hell are they complaining about? That isn’t racist?? Personally, I haven’t been to a movie theater since 2009. I simply don’t see any movies coming out that appeal to me in the slightest. Maybe the Academy is simply nominating the top level of crap? Hollywood does nothing original any more. They remake old movies and then wonder why they tank. The Karate Kid, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, True Grit, Clash of the Titans to name a few. I refuse to see remakes. How do you remake a movie where John Wayne won his only Oscar?

    • green says:

      I’m black bro and you kept it 100. One critic said the top movies this year are crap. So what’s the argument. It is opinion. Idk how many awards a movie gets I’m watching the bitch one time if it’s a classic give it another spin a year from now.

  30. Wm. Skinner says:

    In a country that is roughly 83% white and 13% black, I think it is amazing that in the last 10 years of the Academy Awards that 8 out of 40 of the winners (not just nominees, but winners) in the acting categories have been black… That’s 20%! So in a country where only 13% of the population is black, 20% of the Oscar winning actors are black!

    I’m very proud of the country we live in for displaying such diversity… and to the Academy especially. The Academy is made up of – from what I hear – mostly “old white men”… and if a bunch of “old white men” can vote so indiscriminately – not just blacks, but hispanics and non-americans like Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem, and Jean Dujardin – so much so that the ratio of minority Oscar winners outnumbers the ratio of minority population in our country… it gives me pride.

    That being said, what Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith are doing is insulting… there is no other word for it. It is an insult to an institution that is historically paving the way in diversity. Shame on the both of you.

    • Wm. Skinner says:

      Correction to my earlier statement: America is roughly 77% white.

      • Mel says:

        I assume you include middle eastern/ north African and white Hispanics in that category, bc the white popn is more accurately 62-65% and dropping.

      • green says:

        Cool that’s what im saying man. Black folks got our own shit Jada and will spike lee nobody go. They don’t support young blacks the wait till they blow up and piggy off of them. Black actors and actresses need to show some type of self worth. It’s embarrassing crying to a white man that is entertaining his people that make 77 percent of the country. These bourgeois Negros

  31. Do you realize how the nominations work? Actors nominate actors, Directors nominate directors.Writers nominate writers, etc. Everyone nominates best picture. Do not blame the Academy.for your so called racism.

  32. Michael Hart says:

    No diversity = no blacks. Be honest, they could care less about other minorities. Blacks are becoming the new Whites

  33. Bob Smith says:

    Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith Are Refusing
    to Attend the Oscars….Wow… God really does exist!

  34. gracefully Aaron says:

    Boycot #WET## white entertainment ## television

  35. lassie says:

    Tell you what, lets just scrap all the nominations, start over, and give all the black actors and actresses all the nods, just give them everything, just as they want. Then maybe they will be happy and we won’t have to listen to this anymore.

  36. john says:

    Yeah give back your honorary Oscar from last year Lee, if this is how you feel.

  37. wjm980 says:

    Spike Lee is always so hypocritical. He’ll squawk about how racist the Oscars are, but I don’t see him giving back his richly UNdeserved honorary Oscar, in protest.

    • Claude says:

      Why was his Oscar undeserved? He created two of the best films arguably of all time in Do the right thing and Malcolm X, both of which were snubbed by the Oscars. I thought the point of the award was for honoring those who displayed excellence and were not recognized by the academy during their peak years? Don’t let you’re hate for him spill into you’re hate filled rhetoric.

  38. Samson says:

    Stop trying to find racism in things that don’t even matter nor have ever been considered racist until recently, this is just some more manufactured outrage, SJW social media based nonsense and is anyone surprised Spike Lee would jump on that bandwagon? no, he’s a blatant racist (something black people are immune from being called apparently)

  39. Yes, we should offer participation awards. Gold stars for showing up on time and in costume…wait isn’t that their job?

  40. Chizz says:

    Spike is just mad because he got snubbed for Oldboy.

  41. Richard says:

    The Academy has been trying to with varying success to reach out to expand minority participation but it seems to be a slow process. The qualifications have been loosened recently but are still a high bar …with for actors qualifying if nominated for acting or I believe recommended by certian committees but even then you must be in the business for at least five years and have notable impressive experience. Minority representation is slight but so are minority requests to be considered . Just siting back and waiting for someone to ask then complaining that you are not a member and then boycotting is not a good strategy. Women in all the branches are also woefully underrepresented but is that because of sexism or low participation also. It would be just as counter productive for females to boycott when the real problem is participation and less participation means less influence . So yes when the academy is manly older ( average of 62) and male their tastes are probably going to gravitate to movies that resonate with them and would be diverent than those that a younger more mixed profile would choose.

  42. Rose Marcells says:

    Well done Jada! It’s time for people of colour to express their anger and frustration about the politics that plays in the film industry.

  43. Too Much says:

    If there are people of color nominated next year who put in terrific performances – would I complain? No – That’d be a wonderful thing. if I felt that people of color were nominated for poor performances? Of course I’d complain. hands down…you bet.

  44. James says:

    Funny how Spike “Social Justice” Lee never mind taking money from Nike, a company that exploits workers of colour all over Asia. I guess they don’t count.

    • Claude says:

      They actually exploit people of all different colors, but when Spike worked with Nike on the original Jordan campaigns Nike was no where near the company they are today, and he is easily at least partially responsible for the massive success they had following the success of the Jordan commercials he made.

  45. don't care says:

    Give everyone a participation trophy. Should appease all the egos

  46. stu freeman says:

    Spike Lee and Samuel L. Jackson have received two whole nominations between them. If that doesn’t spell “racism” nothing does.

    • dad2my3 says:

      I hope they both went to Samuel L. Jackson.

      Or as Spike Lee would say, “I Hope They Both Went To Samuel L. Jackson.”

    • John says:

      Please explain how that spells racism, I’m hilariously curious of your answer.

      So if next year every nominee is a black actor/actress, will you all be crying for more diversity then? No, no you won’t, because you’re all hypocrites.

  47. Too Much says:

    we’re talking about the nominated movies and actors not the head of the academy. OH – HOLD ON.. A BLACK PERSON IS THE LEADER OF THE ACADEMY. As long as there’s one there’s no need for other persons of color. Quota filled.

  48. Too Much says:

    Think about it…. Taraji wins a golden globe for portraying an obnoxious, loud mouthed, ex-con with bad wigs and tacky retro clothes. (a horrid role to say the least) that’s what the executives in hollyweird and the industry finds acceptable. Do you really think that show would make it past sweeps and that the role would get noms and win the globes if a white woman was in that role? Horrible show -all the way around. Positive portrayals should be expected all around, from all types of people, regardless of race or color. It’s easier to nominate a movie about a lost white man in space than to nominate a movie about a horrific issue such as sports concussions. Oh wait a minute, the NFL doesn’t want that now do they? But everyone can tune in and watch these young men kill themselves for cash & setup tailgating parties…… oh and the Idris movie? Was released in theaters and on Netflix.

  49. Ginger says:

    Does anyone even care if they attend? Are either one of them even relevant in the film industry today?

    • joy karen says:

      ginger, how relevant are you in the film industry? written any scripts lately? won any awards?

      • Bill says:

        What does your straw man argument have to do with anything?

        If nominees decided to boycott, that’s one thing.

        Attendees? No big deal.

  50. Lace2234 says:

    Oh please. Ever stop to think that maybe no people of color had performances that warranted a nom this year? Only so many people get nominated in a year so what?! Should we start making quotas for nominations? Or maybe make a people of color only category? Then will you be happy? Not everything has to do with race. You make it about it! You’re the racists.

    • joy karen says:

      @Erik Meza you people always KNOW what black people need while pretending not to understand what they are really saying. why don’t you get over yourself first by telling everyone what is wrong with this generation. surprised that you comment got through with your serious cursing [wonder why?]

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