Al Sharpton Calls Oscar Ratings Decline ‘Heartening’ for Diversity

Al Sharpton Oscar Ratings Decline
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The Rev. Al Sharpton took some credit for a decline in Oscar viewership, and said that it should “send a message to the Academy and to movie studio heads.”

In a statement released by his National Action Network, Sharpton said that the decline is “heartening to those of us that campaigned around asking citizens to tune out.”

“Though clearly we don’t take full credit for the decline, certainly one would have to assume we were effective and part of the decline,” he said. “And to those that mocked the idea of a tune out, it seems the joke was on them.”

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Sharpton led a protest in Hollywood on Sunday afternoon, saying that they were putting the Academy “on notice.” If next year’s list of nominees is not diverse, Sharpton vowed to escalate protests and to put pressure in advertisers.

“This is not about actors and actresses getting awards, this is about inclusion and the respect of ticket buyers and viewers who are ordinary struggling American citizens who have been marginalized,” Sharpton said. “For those that live and work in Los Angeles in the movie industry and can’t get jobs because people from their community can’t get deals because there is no one there to greenlight their films and work, this ought to send a message to Hollywood that it is time for a change.”

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  1. Faith says:

    I have not watched this trash in years! I used to in the 50’s and early 60’s when everyone dressed and acted like ladies and gentlemen but now ,well, it is nothing but sleaze, from the over the top dresses, to the mismatched tuxes,to the foul language and off color remarks. I can recall Peck,Bacall,Bogart,Robinson,Gable,Loy,Lamarr,Garson, and countless others at these awards and all impeccably dressed to the nines and acting like adults. What ever happened to that? What ever happened to dignity and good manners and good bearing? WHY is foul language the new norm? Do you really believe that it makes you look smarter? Really??????????
    Now we have Sharpton, who,by the way, looks just like an otter, getting out there blasting everyone who is not black and blaming us Whiteys for everything. And this is the only way he can get attention?
    Al, you need to redirect your hostilities to ,like, Chicago where your people are murdering each other every hour on the hour. Black on black crime,but yet you stay mum about it, but you are so darned concerned about a bunch of overpaid “actors” who do not know their @sses from their elbows?
    REALLY.Al,??????????
    Oh, and please tell us about that 4.5 MILLION you owe the IRS.
    YOUR buddy, your BFF will be out of there soon,and who you gonn’a call?
    Ghostbusters?

  2. cov says:

    if this is how his god acts i dont want anything to do with either of them.

  3. David J says:

    So I wonder to what he attributes the usual awards show audience declines over the years? Maybe we’ve just gotten tired of them dragging out for hours? Heck I made a point to watch this year just because of the “controversy”. As far as we know ratings were higher than they would have been without it. But Mr. Sharpton is wrong as usual, this IS just about awards to actors etc. The top winners don’t represent the top box-office films, they’re just some of the prestige films, dramas, usually based on real people which means… oh yeah, maybe that’s part of the issue. Are there enough stories? There was “Ray”, “Ali”, “Last King of Scotland”, “12 Years a Slave”… seems to be a few bio-pics to mine for Oscar gold.

  4. David Duncan says:

    SEEMS A TWO EDGED SWORD HERE —SINCE ROCK EMCEED LAST YEAR –LIKE MAYBE THE REASON FOR THE PROTEST WAS CRAP SINCE THE BLACK GUY COULD NOT SAVE THE RATINGS–DID NOT PERFORM AS WELL AS NEEDED JUST LIKE THE OSCARS—OT THAT BLACKS SAID SCREW SINCE THE ACADEMY DID NOT DEEM THEIR EFFORTS WORTHY—EITHER WAY SAYS VOLUMES OF THE INSTITUTION—

  5. Lex says:

    This is such an incredibly wrong approach to do this. It is shameful. If you open your eyes, and not make it a black vs. white issue, you would see that there was people of different races at the Oscars being celebrated.

  6. timh1955 says:

    So again the race baitor thinks the Oscar nominees should be chosen because of the color of their skin and not the quality of their work! He thinks the same way when it comes to politics. He makes me sick! Go pay your taxes and stop whining and lying about everything!! No wonder MSNBC took your nightly race baiting show away. The show was a joke and so are you!

  7. Sonny Syhawk says:

    As much as I disagree with most of Al Sharpton methods, I believe on this issue he is right on. This is much more than actors and actresses, movies and awards. It is about inclusion, diversity and identity. The Oscars being the visual mirror of the spectrum and identity of life as it exists worldwide, to not be reflective of that is a slap in the face of those who are underserved and who have more to worry about than what gown to wear and by what designer. If the Academy does not seek change, and quickly, it may find itself as a shell of what it once was and morally and financially bankrupt. Advertiser and ratings matter when the viewer is all but lost. Al Sharpton is jumping on the right wagon from my view.

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