Charlotte Rampling Says Oscar Diversity Outcry Is ‘Racist Against Whites’

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In stark contrast to fellow Oscar nominee Mark Ruffalo’s comments yesterday, Charlotte Rampling thinks that the Oscar diversity outcry is “racist against whites.”

The British screen icon, who’s up for best actress for her role in the marital drama “45 Years,” said during an interview on Friday morning with French radio station Europe 1 that the campaign to boycott the Feb. 28 ceremony is racist in and of itself.

“It is racist against whites,” she said. “One can never really know, but sometimes maybe black actors did not deserve to make the final list.”

Rampling, an Academy member, also implied that she wouldn’t support the Academy’s introduction of quotas. AMPAS may revamp Oscar categories and overhaul membership requirements as controversy grows over 2016’s list of acting nominees.

“Why classify people? We live now in countries where anyway people are more or less accepted,” the first-time Academy Award nominee said. “There are always problems: ‘He’s less handsome’ or ‘He’s too black’ or ‘He’s too white.’ There will always, always be someone who will say, ‘Oh, you’re too…’ What are we going to do? We’re going to classify all that to create thousands of little minorities everywhere?

When the interviewer said black actors feel like a minority in the film industry, Rampling replied “no comment.”

Rampling is one of 20 white actors nominated for an Oscar, which has prompted outcry about Hollywood’s growing diversity problem. Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee have said they’ll be sitting out the upcoming ceremony, while Lupita Nyong’o, George Clooney, David Oyelowo, Will Packer and others have criticized the show, which spawned the trending hashtag “Oscars So White.”

Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs said in a statement on Monday that the Academy “is taking dramatic steps to alter the makeup of our membership” to address the issue, while former prexy Hawk Koch called on Hollywood to push diversity in an open letter released Thursday.

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  1. Roger says:

    Good for her. The Oscars don’t discriminate. Why is it okay to believe black people can excel in sports and white people are better actors, directors and writers? When I was in high school black boys didn’t join the drama club and few black girls did. If people focus their high school and college academics on theater majors they are going to be better at it than those who spend their energies elsewhere. Add that to the fact that blacks make up 13% of the American public and the chances of getting an Oscar are limited. The media is like Pro sports. It’s not based on affirmative action. Minorities can finance the small indie films of substance that are often rewarded by Oscars. Try focusing on making more of those and less Think Like A Man and Ride Along sequels.

  2. cino says:

    “Birth of a Nation circa 1915″…Staring Charlotte Rampling!

  3. Oh hell, just give them one every year for something or other, then they won’t drag out the “tired, limp” race card slogan.

  4. I though it was about nominating the best artists of each year. In some years some of black people are really the best. But, what? They should create quota for black people every year and fuck the best ones??

    • therealeverton says:

      Absolutely not and I have no idea where this quota idea is coming from because it certainly is NOT what any of these actors and people in the industry who want change are asking for. In fact they have repeatedly stated that quotas are the exact thing they do NOT want, not for women, not for race, not for anything. They even “accept” that statistically unlikely as it may be you can get years where there will be no women, or people “of colour” etc.. The argument is that if that happens when you have had a diverse and representative Academy AND genuine equal opportunity in the industry itself, it will just be the luck of the draw and not the result of an unfair playing field in the first place.

  5. PB says:

    They don’t get it do they. All they need to do is make a Holocaust movie with a few Ethiopian Jews thrown in. Wouldn’t matter who played them it would be Oscars all round.

  6. Tammy says:

    The catch is after this ridiculous whining if a black actor wins an Oscar in the future there will always be the question about why they won, was it because they deserved to or was it because they were black?

  7. dilio22 says:

    It’s very stupid and shallow for people coming out to say BET and some other black establishments only caters for one race. It’s ridiculous and just a play of ignorance. In a world where blacks were deprived of their freedom and segregated from a society they built, they had no choice but establish their own system of advancement. It’s just strange that people keep referring to BET because if BET was not around, how many other networks would be willing to take up the plethora of art and work done by many of these black actors and singers. Institutions like BET is an example of why black people do not need to cry foul for racial discrimination. It’s an example that if there are racial discrimination, whether it be in the work place, music industry or any institution, black people can create their own and do not need to depend on system that may be injustice and discriminatory towards them. So for all those lunatics who keep referring to BET, NAACP Image awards, I implore you all to stop playing stupid because everyone knows the premise on which these institution were founded.

  8. joeduffy2 says:

    The NAACP Image Awards and the BET Awards, and Black Miss America Pageant are
    blatantly racist and never nominate White people, too!

    • Strawman says:

      NAACP nominees: See – Bryce Dallas Howard, Angelina Joile, Sandra Bullock, Emma Stone and Justin Timberlake
      BET Awards: See – Eminem and (again) Justin Timberlake… White as white gets!
      More recently, dbag Robin Thicke

  9. Louis Bryan says:

    This is in response to Charlotte Rampling’s arrogant, bigoted, and totally insensitive remarks about the blatant exclusion, for the second year, of ANY actors of color being nominated for ANY academy award nominations: How very “colonial-minded” of you my dear Ms. Ramping. That also goes for Michael Caine, whose background should have made him more sympathetic.

  10. Just me says:

    If Leoonardo Dicaprio were another race, he could have fought for race card, why after numerous blockbuster movie after blockbuster movie, he is till not winning. We all know there is a program named BET, openly promotes only one race that is somehow fine with the society, if there is one named WET and practices the same, will it still be socially acceptable, will there be no boycott??

    • Strawman says:

      There is a program named WET. The acronyms are CBS, NBC, ABC, TBS. Are there any shows on these stations, Fox or Disney that is an honest representation of Coloured People? or is it just Non-coloured Peoples representation of Colour People.

      Mrs Rampling states “We live now in countries where anyway people are more or less accepted”
      Who is doing this “accepting”? Who receives the “less” and who receives the “more”. Do you watch the BET Awards? or even care about NAACP Image Awards? White people boycotted these from there inception.
      These Awards are a response to the exclusion of “self worth” from the Black community by the White community, just in the same way Howard and Morehouse Universities are a response to the exclusion of “knowledge” from the Black community by the White community.

      We do NOT wish to be accepted (more or less) into your community… We ARE your community.

    • Marley says:

      The OWNER of BET is a white man. Take it up with him. Douche!!

  11. chizzy N says:

    IT IS HER MASHED LIPS THAT SHE USED TO SAY THAT. FOOLISH WOMAN

    • dilio22 says:

      It’s very stupid and shallow for people coming out to say BET and some other black establishments only caters for one race. It’s ridiculous and just a play of ignorance. In a world where blacks were deprived of their freedom and segregated from a society they built, they had no choice but establish their own system of advancement. It’s just strange that people keep referring to BET because if BET was not around, how many other networks would be willing to take up the plethora of art and work done by many of these black actors and singers. Institutions like BET is an example of why black people do not need to cry foul for racial discrimination. It’s an example that if there are racial discrimination, whether it be in the work place, music industry or any institution, black people can create their own and do not need to depend on system that may be injustice and discriminatory towards them. So for all those lunatics who keep referring to BET, NAACP Image awards, I implore you all to stop playing stupid because everyone knows the premise on which these institution were founded.

    • Ric says:

      shush, dummie

  12. Dee says:

    Racism is sadly sometimes used as the squeaky wheel excuse for I didn’t get what I wanted, which isn’t to say racism doesn’t really exist in our society, but in this case, this small group of very rich elite black actors/directors using the race card to cry about not being nominated is just kind of sad and frankly divisive. Anyone got Al Sharpton’s phone number?

    Will Smith is a big movie star who was, at one point, the highest paid actor in the business because he delivered great box office in big tent pole pictures. He chose those pictures for good reason, they drew huge diverse audiences and he got paid a ton of money to do them. Good business sense. I do not think in his wildest dreams he ever expected to win an Oscar for that work. His wife and his son have benefited from nepotism where neither of them have yet to exhibit any superior acting skills but that’s how it works. Good for them, they got contacts. Try getting into a union, any union, IATSE, SAG, WGA, DGA…it is not easy black or white.

    So if you want to be taken seriously you must recognize that diversity is not just a black issue, it’s women, it’s Asians, it’s Latinos, gays, the handicapped, little people….. it’s disingenuous to claim the cause as your own without including all disenfranchised people. It’s not all about you after all, or is it?

    Cheryl Boone Isaacs should be proud of the Academy and the number of great black films that are being made and honored and the number of black roles in movies across the board. It’s really great to see. There are more quality black films and amazing black actors on screens big and small than there ever have been and those of them who win awards do so because they were thought to have achieved at the highest level. Movies and TV and their respective awards are more diverse than they’ve ever been and because this year there were no black films or actors nominated only means that they did not make the cut when the votes were counted. Shonda Rimes owns Thursday night TV with a very diverse line up of great television programming. Denzel gets a well deserved Lifetime Achievement Award at the Globes and it’s a moment of great pride for everyone because he’s a fantastic actor and he is loved and respected by his peers and his fans. He makes even bad movies worth watching. Few actors can do that and there are a multitude of these types of cases. Morgan Freeman, Samuel L. Jackson, Halle Berry, Forest Whitaker, Jamie Foxx, Viola Davis, Danny Glover and on and on and it’s not limited to just these very gifted people. Will is great but he’s never hit the level that these people have and he didn’t this year either.

    Great movies are about great storytelling, great writing, great directing, great art direction, sets, costumes and great acting and to be truly great all of that has to come crashing together in one huge super nova of vision and brilliance understood and shared by all involved. When it works, it moves people, a lot of people and there are many who deserve to be recognized because they excelled on that one movie in that one role but in the end they don’t get nominated. Sometimes they feel that they may never get that chance again. What about Johnny Depp, Ridley Scott and of course Idris Elba who were passed over this year? How could that happen? How long did it take for Paul Newman to win an Oscar. How many other great people never got awarded for doing the best work of their lives? Michael Keaton was a runaway winner last year wasn’t he? Talk about a cohesive vision of a movie. What an intense performance. But he didn’t win so what did he do? He went out and gave another great performance in another great movie and didn’t even get a nomination this time. Not enough people thought he was great enough to warrant a nomination given the competition, I guess. Ridley Scott, same thing.

    So this argument falls on it’s face when it claims that the people who work on movies, and then screen movies, those who are qualified to vote and pick the ones they believe achieved at the highest level of their craft, ultimately make their decisions based on race regardless of performances. For anyone to believe that the majority of the voters just didn’t nominate blacks out of some deep seated ingrained, systemic racism is a fiction. Your non-inclusive attitude and your indictment speaks to a bigger problem that is more a reflection of you. We all know who the real racists are and nobody with any sense of decency likes them. They don’t just hate blacks and you’re really looking in the wrong place if you’re trying to score political points on this issue in the entertainment business of all places.

    The folks in Flint don’t really care about how deprived you or your friends feel, in fact nobody really cares or remembers all that much about it except for your peers who ought to be insulted by your accusations. The real issue is the way you chose to deal with it, by not attending. You think that will be remembered more than the lack of courage you demonstrate by not going? Your point will be lost because when the time came that it really mattered for you to stand up and show some strength of character, you decided to stay home like a spoiled rich girl. What a hero! Same for Will and Spike. The world is changing but not by people with your attitude. Stamp your feet and stay home? Pretty easy to do but it doesn’t make you a better person, it helps no one and frankly it makes you a part of the problem not the solution.

    Most people just have too much to deal with than to worry about whether your millions of dollars couldn’t buy you the very thing you covet the most and want to turn into a civil rights issue, a golden statue. It is not a civil rights issue but if an Oscar means that much to you, strive to make better movies and remember that diversity is not just a black issue, even if you’re the loudest, it’s about Asians, Latinos, women, gays, handicapped people, little people and sometimes very qualified and talented white people who get painted with the broad brush of racism you want to color everyone with. I think that anyone who feels shut out of your club for whatever reasons should all qualify under your boycott banner right? Are you having them all over to not watch the Oscars or are you going to Flint to stand up and be real hero? People are dying there and they won’t be watching you not attending the Oscars.

    Everyone I work with feels fortunate to be able to work in the entertainment business and we make films not to win awards, we make them because we want to make the best movie possible and hope that it will make enough money so that we get to do it again. We do not have the money or the access that you have. You breathe rarified air in this elite club that you are member of so don’t burn down your own house. Make it shine by making our world a better place for everyone, tell stories that matter, that touch people, all people. Worry about the awards later and stop making this all about you. Who knows, if you focus on the art rather than the glory, you may just win an award someday? My only hope would be that when you do, the award will be given because your performance was just so brilliant, so moving, so at the top of your game, that no one could consider choosing anyone else but you and not because the rules of the game were changed to lower expectations to promote a political agenda rather an artistic one. The Oscar won’t feel like such an honor then.

  13. Donna says:

    Sounds quite accurate. Thank you to the actress for speaking out.

    • Is me says:

      If Leonardo Dicaprio were another race, he could have fought for the race card why he still not winning. If there were a program named WET, that will not be socially correct and acceptable, isnt it? But why BET is alright in a multiracial country?

      • Strawman says:

        Don’t throw Leo’s name in this for your sanctimonious crap. Leo lost his best chances at an Oscar to 1.) Tommy Lee Jones 2.) Phillip S. Hoffman 3.) Daniel Day Lewis. What race card? The German-Russian-Italian, American Born lost to uncredited, unqualified hacks?

        Not just Blacks, but all people of colour have been included in recognition for quality work. However, only quality that does not break the “White man’s” image of those ethnicities.

        Sidney Poitier won for his great work as Black man working for free (or God) to help hard-done-by white women
        Denzel Washington won for his woefully overacted role as a super-corrupt cop who tries to destroy Ethan Hawkes Good (white) Cop image
        Jamie Foxx won for a superbly acted role of the worst part of Ray Charles life story and glossing over near 40 years of musical contribution
        Forrest Whitaker as despot Idi Amin was terrific…
        Halle Berry, while not a very good actor, was head and shoulders above her competition in 2001 playing a destitute single mother whose husband is executed on death-row and takes comfort in the white man that “pulls the switch”
        In fact, seeing all the Black Females nominated for an Oscar – all are “Mammie, Slave, House-ni**er, and/or abused-beyond-belief”

        By-the-way, what multi-racial country do you live? i assume America, may be even UK? Doesn’t matter!
        All counties have one race held above the others that remain under foot. Hollywood is a microcosm of the inherent fear Non-coloured people have when coloured people defy their narrow beliefs. Hollywood rewards those that conform to the stereotypes that the narrow beliefs founded. Really, is “Hustle & Flow’s, It’s Hard Out Here For a Pimp” the best song a rapper has ever put in a movie? No. but it sure fits the stereotype

    • Steph says:

      In deed

  14. Lauren says:

    Well, the thing is there are not that many quality black movies(or movies with black main characters), even more so with other minorities. This is because black producers usually don’t have the money to make it happen, and white producers that have money are wary of making a movie that won’t draw in a wide audience and losing money. So it isn’t that the Oscars are skewed in the favor of whites, it’s the movie industry. I think giving black people affirmative action in receiving an Oscar would be unfair because it was given out of color(or pity) instead of merit.
    I think Jada may be placing blame in the wrong place. Spike Lee is just bitter (he’s actually bitter against Tyler Perry too, but that’s a story for another day).
    *But please don’t brush-off Black people’s protests as petty whining. Yeah, some people are whinier than others, but that’s how all civil rights movements seemed at first. After some thorough researching and hearing arguments from all sides, you’ll find there is some truth in the middle of all this. That there is unfairness and injustice in all societies, we are not quite yet at that level of equality that we want or some of us believe we already have*

    • Pat C says:

      Did you see Creed? The best Rocky movie yet. Adonis Johnson is an Oscar worthy actor. How about going blind and hearing the nuances that makes a good actor or a bad actor? This movie was a hit and a lot of people in the industry say it is because Adonis Johnson made it a hit. Sylvester Stallone knew he chose well in the casting of Adonis.

      • Lauren says:

        No, I haven’t seen Creed even though I heard it was good. It’s a shame that Adonis was not nominated, but I’m sure his time will come if he keeps up the good work. Leonardo DiCaprio not winning an Oscar in all these years was becoming a meme, and he was in many great movies.
        I don’t know who this cocky Charlotte woman is, but I still stand on the belief that the Oscars are given fairly, and competition is stiff. (The last movie I saw in theaters was “Hot Pursuit” so I can’t really say if any of the nominees and runner us actually did that good)

  15. Lisa says:

    I wonder if she’s ever been told she’s ‘too woman’ for a job.

  16. Love Film says:

    Except for the great Sam Jackson in the Awful Eight (sorry, Eightful Eight), I don’t see who would have deserved an oscar nod in the african american community. Should we just start nominating people on account of the color of their skin? This debate is just plain stupid.

    • D.Dean says:

      Did you see Concussion? Probably not. Head stuck up your a** was it?

      • Love Film says:

        What a smart answer D.Dean! Did your mother teach you to speak like that? As I live in France and Consussion is to be released here on March 2nd (and I don’t download movie illegaly), no, I haven’t seen it. Smith was great in Pursuit of Happyness and got an oscar nomination for his performance in 2007. I’ll be sure to tell you what I think of his performance in Concussion as soon as I’ve seen it. Sincerely yours.

      • Steph says:

        You sound like you have a concussion or ten

    • Pat C says:

      Did you see Creed? The best Rocky movie yet. Adonis Johnson is an Oscar worthy actor. How about going blind and hearing the nuances that makes a good actor or a bad actor? This movie was a hit and a lot of people in the industry say it is because Adonis Johnson made it a hit. Sylvester Stallone knew he chose well in the casting of Adonis.

      • Love Film says:

        Dear Pat C. I saw Creed, and I disagree with you completely. Michael B. Jordan’s performance is not worthy of a nomination, and neither is Stallone’s by the way…. Jordan was a lot better in Fruitvale Station. The problem with the oscars is not one of racism. If you want to get a nomination nowadays, your character better be handicaped, sick with cancer or aids, or gay, lesbian or transgender. These seem to be the only criteria the academy acknowledges noawadays.

  17. Pooky says:

    Thank you Miss Rampling

  18. Liz Mata says:

    Totally agree! Enough with the classifications and the labels. Exceed versus your peers = recognition + awards. Before you call me a racist, I am brown, as brown as they come

  19. Movie-Lover says:

    While ongoing efforts for diversification are laudable, Academy prez Boone Isaac has – thru her recent public utterances of dismay and sadness – undoubtedly made white nominees feel embarrassed, awkward and defensive. What should be a tremendous honour and recognition for work well done is now tarnished and suspect. Shame on Boone Isaac for her agenda-driven lack of diplomacy.

  20. She has no clue what racism is

    • D.Dean says:

      Absolutely spot on! Rampling lives in France and is completely clueless. Easy for a white person who is among all the white nominees without an African American nominee in sight. And Liz Mata: I’m white, as white as they come.

      • Diogo says:

        “Rampling lives in France and is completely clueless.” Are you aware of how ignorant that is? There’s A LOT, and I do mean A WHOOOLE FUCKING LOT of racism in France. Actually, you learn more about what racism really is on the urban Paris than with these rich hollywood african-americans crying for oscars.

    • Lisa says:

      This is not just about race, this is about gender also. Only 6.4% of directors from major films last year were women. I’m really surprised she said that. But, she’s kind of old anyway.

  21. Candace says:

    That’s some massive missing the point. You can’t be racist against the majority. That’s not how racism works. It’s about systematic oppression of minority groups. If you are the majority, it’s not about you. I’m offended as a white person who wants no part of this person’s views. If you’re angry and you’re part of the majority, you’re just afraid your privilege is being threatened. Step off. You’re not the injured party here. Do more listening to people who have actual structural reasons it’s harder for them to succeed.

    • D.Dean says:

      Bravo!

    • IlovethatIlove says:

      You are spot on, Candace. I could not have stated it better myself.

    • Iván el Terrible says:

      Racism is hatred to people because of the color of their skin. A black can be racist to whites in the same way a white can be racist to blacks.

      • Megster says:

        I agree with Iván. I disagree with Candace who obviously doesn’t know “how racism works”, and is quite obviously biased against the so-called “majority”. In fact, I’m thinking Candace just might be a racist.

  22. Tim says:

    Again – Will Smith sucked in Concussion and didn’t bother a nomination.
    If Mr. Edba was overlooked, it was an anti-Netflix snub and he’s just a casualty of that.
    Striaght Out Of Compton for Best anything? Voters can’t remember movies released over the summer, thus no nominations for Jurassic World and Inside Out had to be released on DVD over the holidays to refresh voters memories.
    If this is the changes the Academy wants – they can’t force moviegoers to pay to see ‘diversity’ at the box office.

  23. D'Andre Artutu Akeemalon Shabazzahaquan says:

    She say so! Tu bad, MJ wasn’t alive! He bring ppl 2 gether! Like Rick James, Prince, and Mikeel Jacksons! HEAL DA WERLD! MAKES IT A BETTER PLACE! 4 U ‘N ME N’DA EN-TIRE HUMAN RACE! Prince needs an award 3 best Purple Reignman of the Decade of the Year ‘ward personness!

  24. john mitchell says:

    Thank goodness someone started saying something like this. I believe that there are not many black actors this year that were worthy of being nominated. Why should they be put in just to satisfy black peopl? Strive to be better and you win things. People like to speculate that no black people are being considered for roles. Lets say 100 people tried out for a role and 50 whites/20 blacks/20 hispanic/10 other. Somehow they are going to be bullied into casting the black actor because they have a quota?? Whoever is putting up the money for the movie has the right to do whatever they want to make the movie a hit. I go the movies to watch good movies. I dont care what color the actors are. I watch tv the same way. I am white but I dont care either way who wins oscars. They are just like critic reviews, based on opinion only.

    • suspira44 says:

      I don’t believe in quotas, but I do believe, irrespective of this recent outcry, that Hollywood needs to do something about its casting. Lou Gossett got “An Officer and a Gentleman” because his agent submitted him, even though the cast breakdown did not call for a black actor. There has to be more of this. Seventeen percent of all speaking roles go to women. Any diversity problems are widespread. It’s only good for white males. But it’s only been good for white males since the movies began.

      • gkn says:

        Not really. There were lots of fabulous roles for women back in the ’40s, and often, better stories.

  25. Charlotte Rampling should evidently stick to her scripts – and let others think about the words she’s using. She’s dropped a lot in my estimation, given the quotes.

  26. Greg says:

    I’m pretty sure she wouldn’t talk like that if she wasn’t nominated.

    • teriekwilliams says:

      Michael Caine is not nominated and said something similar.

      • LOL @ the “something similar”. Michael Caine was unaware that Idris Elba hadn’t been nominated – and surprised that Elba was overlooked! Not to mention the fact that Caine has a West Indian wife who would likely explain – at length – how racism works.

  27. Rylore says:

    Black Americans are the most “racist” (read prejudiced) of all people. They are even prejudiced against their own people. If one black speaks proper English, other moronic blacks say that he/she is not black enough. They segregate their own people. They like to be victims. And they never achieve anything. The USA bombed Japan and what did Japan do? They rebuilt and became one of the most technologically advanced countries. How much money is poured into Africa every year and what do they do? They still build grass huts and chuck spears. Most black Americans are no different. They want something for nothing. They have no personal drive and want to mooch off whichever closest relative actually has a drive and makes something of himself. Just one of several evidences that blacks are the most “racist” can be seen in their voting. They voted for Barack Obama for no other reason than BECAUSE HE WAS BLACK!!! Not because he was the best candidate, or the most qualified, or for any other logical reason. That’s like every woman voting for Hillary because she’s a woman. Everything they do is based on their skin color. I don’t care what color a man’s skin is, if he’s not the right person for the job, I’m not voting for him; if he is the right person, he’s got my vote. America’s first black President should have been voted in because he was the most qualified–NOT because he was black.

    Homos are self-victimizers, too. And because our ignorant society has an overly developed “White Knight” syndrome, and are misguided by their emotions rather than using their brains logically, the homos use illogical arguments to emotionally manipulate society into fending for and supporting them in their perversion. Soon society will be doing the same for zoophiliacs in their bestiality, as well as for pedophiles. Homosexuality (which includes transsexuals) is a MENTAL ILLNESS. It’s like me walking around telling people I’m black or Asian. Yet when you look at me I am clearly white and my ancestry is white. To claim I’m anything but white is to suffer from a mental illness. Society needs to start using their brains instead of pandering to these mentally disturbed individuals. Anyone with half a brain can look at American society and see it descending into madness, crumbling at the foundation. Like Rome and Britain before them, their time is at an end. And justifiably so with the wickedness they are now glorifying.

    • teriekwilliams says:

      It’s people like you who make it so much easier to marginalize people who have a genuine criticism against those propagating this controversy. Everything you wrote is clearly racist and homophobic, and whenever I argue against “Oscar So White,” I have to spend time separating myself from people like you and those who want to use the N-word, terms like monkey and just curse at people in regard to this. But I guess a message board wouldn’t be the same without crackpots and their last gasp of old world anger.

  28. Danny says:

    Let’s face it, the only member of a minority that was genuinely snubbed was Idris Elba. The problem lies with the roles available for actors, not the voting process for the Awards. It’s never going to be black enough. Otherwise they would have to create their own category and thats turning back the clock more than ever…But anyway did you know Google is p­­a­­y­­i­­n­­g­­ 9­­7­­$ p­­e­­r h­­o­­u­­r! ­­W­­o­­r­­k ­­f­­­­o­­r ­­f­­­­e­­­­w­­ h­­­­o­­u­­r­­s ­­a­­n­­d h­­a­­v­­e l­­o­­n­­g­­e­­r w­­i­­t­­h­­ f­­­­r­­i­­e­­n­­d­­s & ­­f­­a­­m­­i­­l­­y­­! ­­O­­n ­­t­­u­­e­­s­­d­­a­­y I g­­o­­t ­­a­­ g­­r­­e­­a­­t ­­n­­e­­w­­ L­­a­­n­­d­­ R­­o­­v­­e­­r ­­R­­a­­n­­g­­e ­­R­­o­­v­­e­­r­­ f­­r­­o­­m h­­a­­v­­i­­n­­g e­­a­­r­­n­­e­­d­­ $­­8­­7­­2 t­­h­­i­­s ­­l­­a­­s­­t­­ f­­o­­u­­r­­ w­­e­­­­e­­k­­s.

  29. Jules says:

    Sidney Poitier Won the “Best Actor Oscar” in 1964. Since then, #121 Blacks have Won Oscars for Acting, Writing, Directing, Producing, Composing, Lighting, Cinematography, Wardrobe Design, etc-etc.

    In 2012 – 2013 Blacks walked away with the majority of Oscars in all Categories. We didn’t see any other Races come-out and say, “It’s not fair”…”It’s racist”…”It’s rigged.” ONLY “Entitled-People” that think they deserve something for nothing, do the bitching and the moaning.

    I attribute this “Affirmative-Action-Attitude” to the George Soros-Barack Obama “Occupy Wallstreet-Black Lives Matter,” protests & riots against Cops & Law-biding Citizens.

    Unfortunately, what most of you don’t seem to understand is, it’s a judgement of your peers (Liberals) that have supported you in the past in every regard….that you just called “Racist.” Not to smart.

    If you’re unhappy….Start your own Awards Program, with your rules for winning.

    • teriekwilliams says:

      I am critical of “Oscar So White” as clearly seen on this page, but why do conservatives always pull the “liberal card.” No matter the problem, you can always come out to blame it on Obama and liberals. For one, the Black Lives Matters movement was not spawned due to Obama. In fact, it was spawned because of a problem Obama can’t solve, but neither can conservatives who certainly have no right to claim any superiority in dealing with racial issues.

      The greater problem to all of this is poverty, of which far too many blacks live in but so do whites and many other ethnic groups. Neither liberals or conservatives have the right answer to this problem, which clearly lies in an economic redevelopment of the nation that ties communities to industry. Such a redevelopment could bolster struggling communities and give a better level playing field to address so many issues including this one.

      But who’s fighting for that? It’s certainly not liberals or conservatives who have both betrayed their charge in favor of cronyism, profit and personal power.

    • “Start your own Awards Program”. Seen.

  30. Sonny Skyhawk says:

    As an actor, I have always had a problem with other actors who make grandiose statements about anything. Do the role, take what you agreed as compensation and STFU. Let others, more qualified, make the statements.

  31. Jay says:

    Let’s use the NBA analogy. The majority of teams are owned by white’s. Majority of players are black. Black players are recognized the most for points scored, assists, rebounds, etc. Why is that? Simple, majority of players are black. Jerry West, and Larry Bird in this case are in the minority. They are two of the best white players that reached the top of the game. They won championships, MVP’s etc. Now if there was a white basketball player today that is as good as Kobe, Lebron, Durant, Steph Curry, there’s no doubt they would be in the running to win an MVP, most points scored etc. Even a championship. There just aren’t that many white basketball players in today’s game as skilled as Kobe etc, and there haven’t been that many in years. That’s the truth, even though majority of the owners are black. You gotta put people in the seats to come and watch the game. The owners all want the best player that will lead them to the championships. Karl Marlone and Charles Barkley were two of the best during their era, however they never won a championship. Why’s that. Simple it takes more that just being the best player. You gotta have the right sidekick, role players and coach to win that championship. Now translate that to the movie business.

  32. Tene Barber says:

    Here is the problem with her statement: “…but perhaps the black actors did not deserve to make the final list.” Not a single Black person who has voiced a concern has questioned the validity or talent of any of the white actors nominated. Had she simply qualified her statement and (painful as it may have been) discussed a particular performance, she would have a point. But ALL of them? ALL OF THEM???!!! And why do white people always go straight to the quota system when speaking of diversify!!! An action could be to hire more people of color into positions that have more decision-making/creative development in casting. Part of the problem is so few numbers of minorities obtaining roles. She just totally discounted the fact that the Black actors are artists, too and want legitimate acknowledgement for their work. Not some damn quota system!

    • Murica! says:

      She is right. Deal with it! They didn’t deserve to be nominated!

    • teriekwilliams says:

      Her statement was a tad bit poorly worded. She did preface her statement with “One can never really know, but perhaps…” I think she’s arguing that it’s subjective. In terms of “ALL,” only Idris Elba, Benicio del Toro & Will Smith got consistent nominations throughout the awards season. It’s quite possible that the Academy membership by plurality vote felt the 5 nominees selected were superior to a mere 3 actors of color as well as many whites also in contention. If this is their choice, how can you say they are wrong especially without knowing motive?

      Thirdly, I’d have to agree about the “quota” thing. It’s never been suggested once, though it’s admittedly the only way you ensure black people will be recognized each year. However, what is being suggested is expanding the acting categories to more than 5, and increasing membership for the second time, which are good ideas that will can benefit all groups, not just one. Such changes are more than likely going to ensure people of color being nominated as well as whites would be snubbed otherwise. I support this change accordingly.

  33. Zumar says:

    I am really getting tired of this inane issue surrounding the nominations for this year. Everyone is complaining about how the Oscars are racist towards black people, but can somebody really say with a straight face that these weren’t the best acting performances of the year? If there is something to be protested about the Oscars, it is that Directors such as Stanley Kubrick, Alfred Hitchcock, Akira Kurosawa and Satyajit Ray never won an oscar for best director. If the oscars were racist, then how do you explain Halle Berry and Cuba Gooding Jr. winning oscars while the greats mentioned in the last sentence didn’t (Satyajit Ray never even got nominated as Best Director while the great Kurosawa only has 1 nomination). So everyone, please get some perspective and there is no need to make a mountain of a molehill because aside from Idris Elba, no other black actor (this year) deserved to be a nominee. As for “Straight Outta Compton”, if “The Dark Knight” was not a nominee for Best Picture due to number constraints, why do ppl think that a much lesser film to the latter deserves the consideration? Stop politicizing everything and move on

  34. WilliamWallace says:

    Enough with Skin Color rewards! Start the “Black Academy Awards,” and stop your “Racebaiting!”

    You already have the “Miss Black America” “Miss Black USA” The “BET Awards” “NAACP Image Awards for Acting” “Black History Month” etc-etc.

    • Tene Barber says:

      The very fact that you can list/count them (14 in 88 yrs) should answer your question, Zumar! And WilliamWallace gibve me a break! As if you watch those shows at all OTR experience any interruption of the whows you do watch as most appear on networks/stations that support Black art! Furthermore, do you know why we have those award shows? Because for DECADES we were either not permitted at mainstream award shows or grossly underrepresented. We didn’t create them to segregate ourselves! We created them because we were segregated!!!

      • Mmoney says:

        All created because of your racist ideologies!!!! Get a clue!!

      • teriekwilliams says:

        You should list the nominations as well, as they count as recognition. So it’s more like 66 nominations, 14 wins. The other question you must ask is, who you have put up as an examples of great black craftsmen/women in place of those were nominated. I do my Oscar list each year of my own chosen nominees/winners but while my own list shows more diversity, would it really be good enough? To test the theory, this is my Oscar list for 2015 (http://www.imdb.com/list/ls031957042/#1), what do you think of it in comparison to this years Oscars, and do you think it would have appeased those outraged this year?

  35. neemsemmi says:

    I like her!

  36. AnnG says:

    Well, it seems someone in Hollywood still has the ability to use logic. Way to go, Charlotte!

  37. Murica! says:

    She is completely right!! It is racist towards white people! Why aren’t there any other ethnic groups complaining? I didn’t know there had to be a certain amount of black people nominated for the academy award to not be racist. Maybe they didn’t deserve to be nominated?

    • teriekwilliams says:

      While I agree with Rampling, Idris Elba deserved to be nominated more than she did. Did you see her film 45 Years? Boring!

      • Tim says:

        I’m now going to pay to see 45 Years, boring or not, and completely not pay to see any future ‘undeserving’ nominations.

  38. Thomas says:

    What about the NBA diversity problem?

  39. teriekwilliams says:

    Since 2000, over 200 nomination slots have gone to Black, Hispanic & Asian people. There are 23 non-white people nominated in 2016, 4 more than in 2014 when 12 Years a Slave won Best Picture. The backgrounds represented include Pakistani, Palestinian, Ethiopian, Filipino, Japanese, Mexican, Brazilian among others. There’s even one transgender nominee. 3 women are even in the editing field.

    The Academy has clearly honored films from diverse perspectives including Hotel Rwanda, Hustle & Flow, Dreamgirls, City of God, Monster’s Ball, Precious, Pan’s Labyrinth, Babel, Traffic, Y tu mama Tambien, Selma, Frida, Straight Outta Compton, The Grandmaster, among others. These facts conflict with the “Oscar So White” complaints. It’s a shame the complainers never took the time to research this. It’s as easy to find as a few clicks on Wikipedia.

    • Ric says:

      They researched it. That’s the thing, they’ll always act like victims, cause it works. Let’s not give in to these racists

      • teriekwilliams says:

        I doubt they researched it. Research requires reading. However, I don’t think the Academy is going to “give into” them in a way that benefits specifically them. The proposed increase of membership, expansion of the acting categories past 5 nominees and making 10 Best Picture nominees mandatory will potentially benefit everyone, not just one specific group.

    • GrammarNazi says:

      Indeed. This entire #poutrage is *absolutely worthless*.

  40. GrammarNazi says:

    Proof that Blacks are *not* being overlooked in Oscars:

    http://www.economist.com/blogs/prospero/2016/01/film-and-race

    “In fact, as our analysis of film casts and awards shows, the number of black actors winning Oscars in this century has been pretty much in line with the size of America’s overall black population. ”

    This entire nonsense about supposed racism in the Academy is just dumb SJWs finding another moronic reason to #poutrage.

  41. annys42 says:

    She is entitled to her opinion, but that opinion is very much behind the times. There have been some outstanding performances by actors with diverse racial backgrounds this year, but this is not reflected in the nominations. It is as simple as that!

    • GrammarNazi says:

      Nonsense. Just accept the fact that there were no worthy performances by Blacks last year.

      Your line of “thinking” would lead to mandatory quotas and therefore Black actors winning the award would be looked on as worthless by everyone.

      “AA” stands for “Academy Award” not “Affirmative Action”.

      • teriekwilliams says:

        I would probably disagree with your first sentence. Idris Elba, to me, is more worthy than Mark Ruffalo but this is subjective, which an award show simply is. I would say that “Oscar So White” is highly inaccurate considering over 200 nominations have gone to black, Hispanic and Asian people since 2000, and that there are 23 non-white nominees in 2016, 4 more than the year 12 Years a Slave won.

        I also have heard no calls for quotas. I have heard of proposed plans to expand the acting categories past 5 nominees and to make 10 Best Picture nominees mandatory rather than the sliding scale. I think these are good ideas as they would benefit all people, not just one group. If they were in place, Idris Elba and Benicio del Toro might have benefited just as much as Jacob Tremblay or Michael Shannon, who I also would have liked to have seen nominated.

      • Ric says:

        but >current year<

  42. misha says:

    Give her an Oscar.

    • teriekwilliams says:

      Although I agree with her, her film 45 Years sucked. It was a long boring grind about nothing. She’s done better work and doesn’t deserve to be nominated. I would have given her spot to Sarah Silverman or Carey Mulligan.

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  44. BillUSA says:

    I wish people like Charlotte and Stacey Dash would speak their minds more carefully because as such because they could assuredly foster an atmosphere of antagonism – depending upon the reader.

    But both women are correct. Its time for this double standard to end. I’ve said all along since the advent of black-specific groups that while the stated intent is fine, they are all guilty of racism on exclusivity alone. Some may even be militantly racist.

    Quotas, tokenism and lowering school standards helps no one. Setting aside room for representation by race cheapens the whole thing. Just make good movies and everything else will take care of itself.

    This outcry is possible because to say anything otherwise is to invite scorn of the financial kind. Some of these actors feel the need to speak up because their silence (they fear) could be taken to mean they are in step with the perceived racists. That’s wrong. Hollywood doesn’t speak for our society anyway. The racism is a figment of the imaginations in the minds of serial protesters.

    I get it. The absence of black nominees is supposed to mean there are racists among the Academy members. I suppose then it means the absence of a sitting President of the United States who is Caucasian is due to the voters being racist too.

    Sound ridiculous? It should.

    • laytonian says:

      But Stacy Dash was WRONG. White people are nominated for BET frequently AND have won awards. It’s so easy to check these comments make me believe that people just want to be racist and believe it.

      • GrammarNazi says:

        And Black people are nominated for AA frequently AND have won awards. It’s so easy to check this: your comment makes me believe that people just want to babble about racism even when it’s not there and believe it.

      • Ric says:

        Don’t you want to get over yourself?

  45. Jex Jarlo says:

    This is beyond racism. As long as our differences feel real to us, and separate us in our hearts and minds, there will be never be a universal solution to this sort of problem. The poor are always with us. The least-powerful will always be treated unfairly. If the Others were in charge, would things be different? No evidence for that. We can do nothing more, really, than continue to evolve; some things might improve. We can also apply band-aids and workarounds: let’s segregate the AAs! They already do it with gender, at least in the acting categories. Why not go all the way?

  46. Bill B. says:

    Just like Michael Caine. Common sense. Seems like the British are a bit more logical than we.

  47. Cesar Romero says:

    Rampling is correct. Whining “Blacks” are simply Racists. The world has had about enough of these delusional liars. “Diversity” and “Inclusion” are simply code words for unqualified people getting awards, jobs, degrees, and recognition. Enough nonsense!

  48. Ric says:

    Just in case anyone is wondering about ‘diversity’ agenda… don’t

  49. Park says:

    Just in case anyone is wondering what happened to the comments, this article got linked to be Drudge.

  50. Ric says:

    Who knew browns would be throwing hissy-fits under an article where other browns were criticized for their entitled hissy fits

    • Hypocritical Racist is our Ric!! says:

      “Browns”?? Wow!! So not only are you a hypocrite but you’re a racist as well. Oh, your mother would be proud and your father, if you knew which one it was!!

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