Mark Ruffalo Calls America ‘Rife With White Privilege Racism’

Mark Ruffalo Boycotting Oscars? Says America
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UPDATED: Oscar nominee Mark Ruffalo won’t be sitting out this year’s awards show, after all.

Ruffalo says he’s “going to the Oscars in support of the victims of clergy sexual abuse and good journalism” after telling BBC Breakfast that he was considering boycotting the show after the Academy nominated only white men and women for the second year in a row in the 20 acting categories.

The thesp, up for his supporting role in “Spotlight,” would have been joining the likes of Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee, who have all announced that they won’t be attending the Feb. 28 ceremony.

“I’m weighing it, yes. That’s where I’m at right now,” he told BBC Breakfast on Thursday morning when ask if he’s contemplating not attending the Oscars. “I woke up in the morning thinking, ‘what is the right way to do this?’ Because if you look at Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy, what he was saying is the good people who don’t act are much worse than the wrongdoers who are purposely not acting and don’t know the right way.”

BBC Breakfast’s Charlie Stayt also asked the “Avengers” star what he thinks about the lack of black representation at the Oscars.

“I totally agree. It isn’t just the Academy Awards,” Ruffalo said. “The entire American system is rife with white privilege racism. It goes into our justice system.”

Ruffalo’s Catholic sex scandal drama “Spotlight” is also in the running for the night’s biggest award: best picture.

Smith is the latest celebrity to announce that he won’t attend the Oscars. He echoed Ruffalo’s sentiments Thursday morning on “Good Morning America.”

“When I look at it, the nominations reflect the Academy, the Academy reflects the industry, reflects Hollywood. And then the industry reflects America, it reflects a series of challenges we’re having in our country at the moment,” he said. “There’s a regressive slide towards separatism, towards racial and religious disharmony, and that’s not the Hollywood that I want to leave behind. That’s not the industry, that’s not the America that I want to leave behind.”

The Academy is now considering changes in membership and Oscar categories to halt the diversity crisis. President Cheryl Boone Isaacs said in a statement on Monday that she was “both heartbroken and frustrated about the lack of inclusion” and that the Academy “is taking dramatic steps to alter the makeup of our membership.”

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  1. Buddy199 says:

    I’m sure he’d also be for making the NBA and NFL more racially balanced, right?

  2. Nanny Mo says:

    The only fair thing to do is to force people in a free society to think your way.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Why participate in and make movies, accept an nomination, then think of not going because maybe someone else was overlooked?
    I was the best in my class in grade school. My “best” friend (also a white female like myself) said she did not want to be friends with me anymore because I got a higher grades. I begged the teacher to give me a lower mark so she would be my “friend”.
    That’s exactly how this whole story sounds to me and I do not care what your race is. For someone to forgo an honor because they feel the “other” might be slighted is ridiculous.
    It is a business where people make movies and make money. And the awards do not necessarily translate into big bucks for all the winners. And some of them have plenty of big bucks without the awards.
    If the movie is of interest to the viewers and the story and production have an original and unique quality, the actors have the possibility of being nominated if they are great – and that is usually amongst a crowded field.
    The President of the United States is black. Why? Because he ran a good campaign, people liked him, he did a good job, and then they voted him in for a second term. He was the man of the moment. How many others wished to become president too? Only one wins.
    This crybaby mentality these rich movie stars have is ridiculous. Take your money, make a fantastic, original movie, do a fabulous acting job and see if you get nominated. If people like it and you are the very best in a crowded field, they may vote for it.

  4. Jim says:

    I thought this talentless actor was an environmentalist crusading to stop the extraction of oil and gas? Now he’s a civil rights leader? So he picks a cause to get more press…???

  5. James Harp says:

    Mr. Ruffalo is obviously been mentally imprinted by all of the convoluted propaganda being spewed by the likes of Jackson, Sharpton, Mifume, and the rest of that ilk! Mr. Ruffalo is obviously in need of institutional mental help since his powers of cerebral discernment have been so negatively impacted by the racial hatred and tripe so vociferously propagated by the Black Community and its criminal leaders. Do not take the mental midget known as Mark Ruffalo seriously since he is nothing but an automaton repeater for the previously mentioned criminal organizations. Mr. Ruffalo is incapable of serious thought beyond the need to go to the toilet and to eat.

  6. Sabrina says:

    Ruffalo ruffled feathers!! Mark, I’m an even bigger fan now! Me and my community support you!! SMASH HULK SMASH!!!

  7. Chris says:

    I mean naive, not even smart enough to know he’s an idiot, Douche!

  8. tlsnyder42 says:

    Asian people and people from India do very well in the United States, often earning more than the average white person. Maybe people with white skin just happen to be a pretty talented group. Denzel Washington is one of America’s most popular actors. He’s certainly a better actor than Mark Ruffalo, who’s a talented guy himself. Oprah Winfrey reached the pinnacle of her profession too. However, does that make Denzel and Oprah better than Tom Hanks or Johnny Carson, or even as popular??? This whole discussion is silly, just one more example of loathsome, lamebrain, lawless leftist lunacy. Arguments don’t have ethnic identity or genitalia. Leftists are destroying objective standards and objective judgments in favor of crazy commie claptrap brought to the USA by Mindless Marxist immigrants from the Frankfurt School of Cultural Marxism in Germany, the birthplace of Christophobic, Anti-American, godless socialism, including Hitler’s occult, pagan National Socialism.

  9. whooosh says:

    Just another leftwing asshole from Hollywood. So what else is new?

  10. Ed harley says:

    This is why ruffalos most well known character is a big stupid mindless brute, because it’s so easy for him to play it since it’s perfect match of his already existing mental state.

  11. Mr.Obvious says:

    No!! America is rife with A-holes preaching Marxism so we can be even further degenerated and drained of all financial and civil liberty by Robber Barons that made it “trendy” to take the same insanely ignorant path as Venezuela.

    Banksters have created and fronted all marxist despots the last 150 yrs. Now they’re doing same with EU and America

  12. Lisa says:

    Why is everyone bunching White women in with White men? As a White woman I have faced even more sexism than a minority man faces racism. I’m just told to sit down, shut up and go play with my barbies then wait for my prince to come, a la Disney. People seem to have this misconception that White women have power, they don’t. The only time they do is if they are a daughter of or married to a White man. And if god forbid she leaves her husband, he’ll ruin her and the children. The justice system is stacked against White women also. We are not part and parcel with White men and never have been.
    How many women were nominated for an Academy award this year? Two? And they happen to be White. Next year two Black women could be nominated for both spots and it wouldn’t make a difference for women because we’d still be shut out of the other categories. Therefore, these numbers that everyone is reiterating are really 16 (minus supporting male actor and best male actor) out of the 20 possible spots that women could have also been nominated for but weren’t. Imagine if the two female spots of supporting and best actress were eliminated for best supporting actor (male or female) ? Every single spot would be dominated by White men. We would think it outrageous to have a slot called Best Black Director, but yet we have Best Actress because apparently women cannot and should not compete with the men. Hence the lack of female directors, composers, cinematographers, etc. Think about that. I keep mentioning it, and I’ll mention it again; Variety reported a few times this year on the fact that only 6.4% of recent major releases were directed by women (only 1% minority women) as compared to just over 10% by minority men. What that means is minority men are doing better than the so called privileged White women and ten fold that of their minority female counterparts. That leaves a massive 85% of the rest of the major releases directed by White males. And I do not believe that white males are THAT talented. They just stick together and have a ‘certain history’ that will be hard to crack. The sooner we accept that the better.

    • Ed harley says:

      You are about as bright as ruffalo is, not very. 20 bucks says you aren’t married either…unless it’s pretending to be married to another woman.

    • Mr.Obvious says:

      Don’t you mean your “Diversity” prince that rapes you and makes you wear a burka?

      F-ing TOOL!! A pity party is not a political platform. STFU!

      • Mr. Obvious says:

        All that Feminism was making it look like politicians really “Cared” about women there for awhile didn’t it?

        Unfortunately, many European women now have to wrap their heads around their countries’ immigration policies that have turned their HOME countries into having some of the worst Rates of Rape in the entire world. Its not the Native born white men doing it.

        But, you just keep hating and picking away at white men like a good little NIHILIST TOOL!!!

  13. Make myself perfectly clear black man and woman who can act but I’m a firm believer so good job should get the credit for their work and if you put in the time and the energy to turn out a quality product then you don’t deserve to get noticed by anyone. Let your work ,your acting ability speak for itself and you will get noticed maybe not by the people you want but by the people that you need and the people that means the most to any way.

  14. Take it there along with black actors don’t get nominated for an Academy Award that being said when did it take him to eat at each other and the body of work that these actors are giving them and not their color this is America after all the land of opportunity the land of the free so people let’s keep it free look at the body of work at these guys Lady and the guys black white purple red yellow green whatever the body of work is good they deserve to be in the academy awards show.

  15. I agree that more black actor’s should be nominated in the academy awards show. I am a black man who would like to see someone like me get nominated.

    • Mr. Obvious says:

      What about all those Jewish actors that should have been nominated? Oh wait.. those are usually action/ comedies filled with smut and cynicism to further degenerate and attack ANY notion of self-preservation held by any gentile of European heritage.

      I know these words might make people’s heads explode but they still can’t see through the century old lies and programming.

      There is no white privelege. Just some middle class relics slowly genociding themselves. Beyond that.. you have people who for most part look European but consider themselves as something different. That way when you ask about all their money and influence, they can call you nazi. lol Its so fuqqing simple, yet NO ONE GETS IT. No wonder these people think they’re smarter than EVERYBODY. Because… no one can get past the programming, lies and brain washing

  16. mikaman3000 says:

    Ruffalo is the Macklamore of film.

  17. Chuck Smith says:

    Here we go again. Let’s segregate even more and add a category for best Black actor…How many Mexicans were nominated? How many Asians were nominated? The only racists in this whole bunch are the ones that feel they should get something they haven’t earned, simply because of the color of their skin.

  18. Fox says:

    Mark Ruffalo is amazing. I’m glad so many people are starting to speak out about this because it’s messed up and The Academy needs to change.

  19. Mary Mary says:

    Ruffalo you are an idiot. You only said this to keep yourself in the spot light. No one cares what you say. If you are good enogh you will get an award. So should some one second rate get an award because they are black? Get a life you loser.

  20. America is also rife with Hollywood morons that think their out of touch opinions are insightful, deep and clever. Ruffalo is 0 for 3….

  21. Mike Kious says:

    It wasn’t that long ago when George Clooney practically gave Hollywood and himself all the credit for the Civil Rights Movement; now George and Mark are slapping the racist epithet on them. Which is it, guys?

  22. Henry says:

    Mark Ruffalo is a true hypocrite. He says Americans are racist and will boycott the Oscars, and then immediately decides he will still be going to the Oscars. What a hero!! White privilege is a myth, and stupid people like him perpetuate the myth. There’s no benefit to being white anymore, not when people like him have beaten up whites just for being white for decades.

    And it’s people like Ruffalo that try to shame us and divide us as a nation even more. I wasn’t even thinking about race until these idiots come on with this shameful rhetoric the past few years. We are one people, one nation under God. Don’t let these stupid Hollywood elite separate us and instill lies in our culture.

    • therealeverton says:

      No he didn’t. You need to look at what actually happened here. He was asked what he felt about the whole situation and said that it had made him think about where he stood. Th interviewer said it sounds like you’re thinking about not going and he replied that he was considering it. HE NEVER SAID HE WASN’T GOING. HE said that he had a conflict because he didn’t want to take part in the show from the diversity standpoint BUT he had a duty to attend for the film he was in was about real people AND was ALSO about social issues that had to be highlighted. So if he didn’t go he was letting down the Journalists and victims he made SPOTLIGHT to represent.


      So no, not a hypocrite at all, a “victim” of poor journalism and / or people not actually reading the full details before rushing to assumptions / judgements.

    • Now thats this comment anyone has said.

    • SJ Plaxo says:

      He’s an ACTOR. Nobody goes to a movie because Mark Ruffalo is in it. If he makes a scene his career is finished – nobody will touch him. If America is so racist how come Will Smith is a multi multi multi millionaire? Harrison Ford movies have made billions of dollars – he never won an oscar.

  23. Renee says:

    These Hollywood folks are so out of touch with real, average Americans, that they really don’t get what fools they make of themselves when they say garage like this. That’s sad, actually.

  24. J D Chance says:

    Looking to fight racism in governments and society…. the front is south of the border …. and across the sea in the Middle East, Africa, and most of Asia.

  25. kaye says:

    so now since all whites are being kicked out it will turn into a black and mexican awards show. so sick of all the race cards the blacks play. they whine and cry and think they deserve an award regardless. i doubt i will ever watch the oscars again.

    • Lori says:

      you couldn’t be more off base than this. No one is kicking whites out of the awards or anything else. this whole issue involves equality for all nationalities to be represented in the awards and everywhere else in this country. Ruffalo hit the nail on the head. i’m glad he spoke up since white people seem to think its only blacks speaking up. but it’s obvious there is a problem here. Will Smith also nailed it on the head, “There’s a regressive slide towards separatism, towards racial and religious disharmony,”. There is a root problem in Hollywood that needs to be addressed.

      • Jerry says:

        There’s a regressive slide towards separatism, towards racial and religious disharmony,”. Separatism is something blacks are pushing, just look at everything, BLM, black miss America, etc. Martin Luther king fought for integration and nowadays blacks are pushing for more segregation.

    • therealeverton says:

      Exactly what have ALL whites been kicked out of, because clearly you’ve heard something nobody else on planet Earth has?

      • The BET Awards. You don’t get an award because of your race. We could have black academy award or Latino,Asian awards. Affirmative action in the movies. You make all the rest of the country want to throw up. Just shut up fools. Always crying and begging for help.

  26. dana5570 says:

    First he passes me off with his political views, and now this. Dude, if you win then you better reject that statue. Let’s see how fast you forget discrimination with that gold statue in your hand. And now, go out and direct or produce a people of color film if you are so upset about it.

  27. Robert Womack says:

    The majority of the things coming out of Hollywood today are crap. Garbage. Filth. Junk. They cater to the basest desires of people and will continue to do so as long as that is profitable. Hollywood is incestuous and has been for many, many decades. As far as boycotting, I really couldn’t care less whether Ruffalo, Smith, Pinkett, Lee or anybody else goes or doesn’t go. Who freaking cares? None of these people know what it is like for average Americans. They are all greedy, self-serving, amoral hypocrites. If Hollywood burned to the ground tonight, I wouldn’t shed a single tear. The dregs of humanity.

  28. Michelle Tag says:

    We all need to remember that Hollywood simply replaced Vaudeville and the Barnum & Bailey Circus. So get a grip Hollywood, stop making crap movies that are nothing but junk violence, killing and sex by pathetic actors. Take politics out of Hollywood, or it too will go by the wayside just like Vaudeville.

  29. Maybe he’s ashamed of being white, but I’m not. And white privilege is a myth. I sure haven’t seen benefits of being white — and the come back of “because you don’t realize you have privilege is proof that you have it”. Bull. I’ve watched the last movie he’s in if there’s any way to avoid it.

    Check the list of nominations and wins in the last 10 years by black actors and actresses, they have been nominated and won by a greater percentage than their percentage of the US population. So their complaint has no ground to stand on.

    What they really want is for a black actor and black actress to be nominated each year. I specify black because they are the ones complaining. Jada Smith is nothing more than the wife of a rich, popular actor. She thinks she’s important because she married Will Smith. She did her video without his knowledge and in the interview where he’s asked about it, he was clearly embarrassed but he said he’d go along with what she said and not attend. I hope he told her off when he got home.

    • Listen to each other now says:

      It’s not a myth. All I have to do is LISTEN to the people around me, and I know white privilege is not a myth. I am white, and I have to admit, if I am truly honest, that has meant there are things I have not had to face that my friends who are not white have had to face.

      I have never gone to a hair salon where they did not know how to properly cut my type of hair. I have never had someone say I got a job or into a school because of “affirmative action.” (In fact, I am pretty sure I once lost a job because I was white and of a different racial group, but I still KNOW white privilege exists. Just because there are a limited number of times where being white is a disadvantage doesn’t mean that systemically there is not a strong bias towards white culture and generally an advantage to being white).

      I think back to when I was younger and my friends and I were going to dress up as Disney princesses. One of my friends said she didn’t want to because there was only one like her, (Mulan), and she didn’t really want to dress like her. It had never occurred to me that she might feel that way, (because Belle, Ariel, Aurora, etc. they all looked like me more or less, with different hair), THAT is a perfect example of white privilege. I was privileged to never have to consider it, because I was in the majority, and most of what was out there was designed to look like and appeal to me.

      I think people are confused. White privilege doesn’t mean white people have it so much better, thought it can. It means that white people are gifted with the option of not thinking about race, and pretending there is not issue, because race doesn’t have to play a daily role in their lives.

      LISTEN to people who are black, Asian, Latino. They are not given that privilege. Their race is an issue nearly daily, if not daily, whether they want it to be or not.

      You can claim white privilege is a myth, but you are only proving its existence by acting like all races are the same. That’s an easy believe idea if you’re elite, but not so much if you’re not.

  30. ciegi says:

    anyone who boycotts I will not see their movies, I am one of the biggest will smith fans, I even still watch (did no more since this stuff) fresh prince. mark ruffalo shame shame shame on you, you also WERE one of my favs, I am so sick of the race card being played from Muslim to black to Spanish, Mexican so on and so forth, what about the white people why don’t they have white history month, oh ya it’s because of something of their ancestors did forever ago that they have NOTHING TO DO WITH they don’t even know those people and they don’t condone it either. as far as those who are racist like the devils in the white hoods and the skin heads and who ever is..line those bastards up and get rid of them, WHY does everyone have to suffer cause you think you deserve more than the person sitting or standing next to you WHY, I am sorry you feel you need to protect your ancestors but get the heck over it and live for today and love everyone around you, isn’t that GODS way? Well I stand with GOD and say love who you want to love, be what you want to be, but judge not for you will be judged in the end.

    • therealeverton says:

      Muslim isn’t a race. It isn’t a “card”, or at least it is only a “card” if somebody is cynically misusing their race, religion, sex, age to gain sympathy or advantage that is not warranted.

      Complaining about not getting paid the same as a man, for the same job isn’t playing a card. You want people toj just put up with discrimination when they see it, suffer it, so you don’t have to hear about it.

      I’m talking in general because you mention this “card” and that you’re fed up with it, which is interesting, because you’re apparently not fed up with discrimination??

      If you think Ruffalo is wrong about their being a lack of diversity in thee film industry, you can say so without assuming he’s playing “cards”. He’s right by the way, there is a lack of diversity it is a stone cold fact. The Academy is NOT diverse and the industry is not in terms of the people it hires and who have the “bet” jobs diverse. Maybe that is OK with you, to each their own, but you can’t have a go at Ruffalo for saying there needs to be more diversity, when clearly the industry AND the Academy agree with him!

      Also there’s no “White History Month” because of the same reason you don’t need a “black History month” in Nigeria. very month is that. The aim is to get to a point where everything is just one “normality”. Where you don’t NEED black History month because ALL history is proportionally dealt with.

      The problem here is the focus on the black issue. This s NOT a black issue , it isn’t even a race one., it is about diversity in total. The lack of opportunity for women, for Asians etc.

      The fact is the Academy have already responded to this and are doing something about it on their end, if the industry makes a similar pledge then nobody will need to boycott anyway. Either way, the publicity that this issue has generated has already had a positive change, the Academy is doubling the number of female and minority members by 2020. Of course that may still not have the effect of actually making the Academy “fully” representative, but it will be a lot better than it is now and stop these kind of claims being made in the first place.

  31. tracy says:

    Who is Mark Ruffalo?

  32. Irri says:

    It’s evident these people cannot think for themselves. Ok – so Wille-boy didn’t get nominated, Jada looks like she is wading in sour grapes. This is such crap-look at the past years when movie after movie starred , was directed, and was scored by people with dark pigmentation- no one bellyached! Totally Racist! This is race war mongering. With all the division in this country, why aren’t they trying to bring peace to the nation. I’m sick of this crap.

  33. Tanequa says:

    no more Mark Ruffalo movies for me.
    Tired of all the racism BS
    Can’t have an award based on merit, can we?

    • therealeverton says:

      If you’re tired of racism BS you should want racism eradicated a far as is possible to do so AND anything that leads to the appearance of racism an sexism dealt with. If you have an institution that is meant to represent the nation (60ish% white) have 94% of its membership be white, you men, you leave yourself open to criticism, even if it iss not fair, even if it is that 100,000 to 1 dumb luck and NOT racism that leads to something like this, you will be open to that charge.

      Maybe a non white person treated unjustly, heavy handedly or shot, by a police is simply a victim of a bad cop, or a cop on a bad day. However you WILL be questioned on that if you have a history of racial issues AND / OR you have a an ara with 70% non white public and yet a police force with 85% white officers. IT SHOULD NOT MATTER, EVER, but the simple way to “fix” this is to just have these things be what they “should” be anyway, representative. Anomalies will still occur, but it will just be one of those things and people crying “racist”, or “sexist”, or “homophobes”, wil have a lot of explaining to do.

      The |Academy is embarrassed and acting for a reason. The world’s media are on this for a reason.

      You don’t share Ruffalo’s point of view, or conclusions, fair enough, why should that make you “boycott” his films? HE isn’t a rapist, or a criminal of some sort, at worst, his conclusions about an industry I assume he knows more about than you, differ from your conclusions about how it works. He still wants awards on merit…he doesn’t want quotas.

  34. Don Meaker says:

    Most white people don’t commit crimes, and hence gain no benefit from their putative priviledge. Most black people don’t commit crimes, and hence unjustly suffer from any criminal stigma excited by the larger share of blacks who do commit crimes.

    If only there was a way to separate the honest people from the criminals. Oh, there is- it is called the Justice system. If only there was a way to punish the people who commit crimes! Oh, there is. Prison.

    • therealeverton says:

      Except in this very interview Ruffalo cites the Justice system as another rife with racial injustice. Many would say he’s right and have examples to prove it.

  35. I like the idea of no more Oscars. Just give everyone participation trophies in spirit of true progressive fuzzy thinking.

  36. Mark’s complaint sounds like this: “How come are so few white players in NFL/NBA? Let’s boycott this organizations…they should be more white players!” The answer is that maybe black players are better athletes! You get it, STUPID? (and such a good actor, but STUPID IGNORANT)

    • Ro says:

      Really? How many African American owners are there in the NFL? Give me your best guess…none. These owners are making billions of dollars, and this disgusting amount of money is then filtered down through the rest of the organization which is white male dominated. Owners even share revenue with each other to ensure they all make an absurd amount of money. The average career of an NFL player is 3-4 years and they may earn $5-10 million excluding taxes if they’re good, but then they have to retire with battered brains and ripped up bodies. I think if I were white I’d rather be a coach, part of upper management, an owner, an agent, a sports lawyer. I probably wouldn’t complain about being on the field. Wait…whites aren’t complaining. I wonder why?

      • thinkman says:

        You got the first part right, then you had to make a judgement Mark. He is anything but stupid! Do you think it’s possible that there were no qualifying blacks

  37. Sigourney Iowa says:

    It’s sad to read ignorant comments from such talented actors as Marc Ruffalo. Now one is racist because they are white? Come on Marc…Stick to acting. I support having diversity in the Academy, but it diminishes the talent of black actors by pushing for what amounts to affirmative action in Hollywood. No actor should have to wonder if they were nominated simply because of the color of their skin

  38. Mike Schultz says:

    12%+ of the U.S. is Black while the VAST Majority of Citizen’s are White, like 1 Person commented it’s a Numbers Game. “Just because a African American, Negro or Black Person is Nominated doesn’t mean they should automatically get my Vote,” as SIR Michael Caine said.

  39. Pancho Villa says:

    Biggest load of crap I’ve ever heard! If you are so outraged about “white privilege” and racial diversity wil , jada, mark, spike and all you swizzle stick liberals why don’t you boycott all the millions you make off of white privilege and give all that money back if it offends you so much! You people are the pond scum of the earth self righteous , egotistical, narcissistic a-holes that need to go flip burgers and check your dumb asses!

  40. Mike says:

    When these people expose their ignorance I make a mental note of another idiot that I won’t support with my hard earned money. Yet another reason for me not to tune in to watch the Academy Awards or support their sponsoring advertisers. I suggest that from now on they put an asterisk next to the name of the academy award winners picked because of their race. Personally I am sick and tired of these people forcing their political correctness on the rest of us. Martin Luther King Jr. asked that he be judged by the content of his character not by the color of his skin!

  41. Chris says:

    Once again in American media and social awareness, the focus is only on black citizens. Not a mention here, as usual, of Asian, Hispanic, Native American, Pacific Islander and other ehtnic groups. Where are those people to holler about the situation? How many black actors can even name three Asian actors in film, let alone name one who has been nominated for an acting role? How many Asian winners? Hispanic? When Will Smith was nominated the same years as Denzel Washington and Forest Whitaker, was he distressed that there was STILL very poor racial diversity in that category? The country isn’t just black or white. And forget about gender equality….everyone else has.The number of men represented in film dwarfs that of women. Women of color fare the worst, but even white women are under represented, especially women who are not thin, young, and beautiful…but just brilliant, funny, courageous, ordinary-looking and amazing. The violence done to women around the world on a daily basis is also ignored as a movie theme, but the holocost and slavery films keep coming. They dramatize horrible events,, of course, but systemic murder and enslavement is still done to girls and women around the world and their stories are ignored. Now on to the NBA….wow, what horrible racial diversity! I guess the recruiters should be forced to start looking for talent in new neighborhoods….

    • jannnney says:

      … You’re really suggesting that the concerns of black actors/filmmakers isn’t credible, because they aren’t giving just as much of their time to helping other minorities, too? I didn’t realize that black people were responsible for the oppression and racism brought on other minorities by white people.

      • Ro says:

        As I read these comments it seems as if most could care less about the lack of an African American nomination in the Oscars. The Hispanics, Asians, Native Americans, etc. aren’t making a fuss so there must not be a problem with diversity right? Those pesky African Americans always wanting to be treated equally. How dare they..right? A-list actors make millions of dollars, but this issue is not about the money. Stop making it about monetary earnings. Inclusion and recognition would be nice especially if you’re contemporaries are receiving it. It’s only been two consecutive years but hey who needs diversity when your race is dominating the ballot boxes and will win 97% of the awards. I’ve seen “The Revenant” and Dicaprio is not spectacular in the film. He didn’t even go full frontal, I mean c’mon. And who said white women are not represented? The majority of women nominated are white. Hello? Just treat others equally that’s all anyone is asking. If this was happening within our great country with regularity, affirmative action policies would have never been needed…ever. But…

  42. Dale says:

    Yeah Mark growing up in the hood I literally had to fistfight to survive even though I loathed fighting. How about you? I know that what you are saying is kind of right but what about kids that are white and live impoverished. There are so many that black stats pale in comparison. Why don’t you speak up for them. You won’t because you would be branded a racist. I never experienced this white privilege that you refer too. How about you? I think so. Who Mark, who will speak for white folks who are suffering in silence. Who will speak for hispanics. We just go about our lives without whining about how we got a piece of the pie but it isn’t big enough. We don’t whine and we didn’t get any. When you talk stupid like you just did you become a white face apologists when in fact the biggest percentage of whites never did a damn thing to hurt blacks. Furthermore if you want to see real elitists and racists look no further than Jada Pinkett Smith. A woman that wreaks with the stench of a false sense of entitlement and superiority!

    • Chris says:

      Dale, I think you’re right. Caucasians around the world each have a different fate depending on so many factors, particulary their country, religion , income and gender. Rich black actors, athletes and businessmen (especially those with fame and who are MALE) have privilege and respect that poor whites could never enjoy. We are aware of situations where white “privilege” exists, but there may be so many more where being white means nothing. Having money or other status acquisitions means much more. Are you listening Mr. and Mrs. Smith? Most of us dream of having the connections you have to speak and be heard like that. Most of us will never be treated that well. Now lets discuss Male Privilege, the oldest status sumbol on the planet, across all of humah history. Being male can save your life the minute you’re born in some cultures, and can offer you the world or opportunity and worship, while your sisters are sold to the highest bidders. Someday, we’ll discuss misogyny and it’s VERY deep roots.

  43. Jim says:

    My thanks to filthy rich, famous, sucessful, beloved, movie star Mark, for reminding hard/crummy job having, broke, nobody me that I’m privileged. Thanks a lot.

  44. Ron Selvy says:

    The Academy drives the industry? What BS, Mr. Smith. Nobody but actors give a damn about the Oscars. We care if there are good movies out there to watch.

    And frankly, there aren’t many. Including ones you’ve starred in, Mr. Smith.

    • therealeverton says:

      If you actually believe this your ignorance of the industry s astonishing. Oscar increases an actor’s paycheck, ability to get films made, the box office of the film globally, the prestige of the film globally and the actors subsequent “serious” films all get to be advertised with the words Academy Award nominee / winner which helps sell your film. It makes a big difference n a number of ways and adds big money to the winners.

    • Mike Schultz says:

      It’ll really hurt the evening not having Spike Lee or the Smith’s there, he did deserve 1 of the 8 Nominations but he wouldn’t win at all, it’s Leo’s time.

  45. bill F'butt says:

    MEDIA JEW alert!~!!! Who gives a sheet? The MEDIA JEWS are promoting this diversity CRAP to further denigrate the white race. F’ all of them!!!!

  46. Mike Schultz says:

    WoW! No Spike Lee! What a shame, whens the last time he made a Movie that was any good? He’s 1 of the biggest Racist’s in the Movie Industry, he highly Dislikes White people. BUT
    yes it is time to shakeup the OSCAR Committee a Bit and ONLY WILL SMITH maybe IDRIS deserved 1 of the 8 or 12 Nominations for Best Actor though Everyone know’s it’s already got Leo’s name on it.

  47. James Childress says:

    The only people those that “boycott” the Oscars are hurting are themselves. We need to keep race, religion and politics out of what is suppose too be a ceremony honoring those who achieved at the highest level of their profession. Is the voting ballot going to be riddled with “diversity” standards that must be met whether or not the actors in a given category are worthy or not? White or Black shouldn’t ever be a criteria for voting for actors, politicians or anyone else. Great acting causing us to be enveloped in the character, escaping with the actor, and the story to a place they take us, that’s what deserves to be honored.
    As an avid movie goer and someone who has always watched the Oscars being awarded the platform continues to be used for to many purposes it was never intended. If you aren’t nominated be respectful of those that are, you may be next and want that same respect. If you win an Oscar don’t pontificate about your favorite cause, your race, or anything else. Accept with grace and dignity and gratefulness. You’ve just be honored by your fellow actors with the one award they all wanted.

    • Mike Schultz says:

      Nicely put. Though Spike Lee still being Invited to the Oscars is kinda funny. What the hell has that Bigot done since that Clive Owen Film other then some Documentary’s.

      • Ro says:

        The problem is that when whites feel they are only nominating/including the best it invariably comes down to them only nominating/including themselves and excluding everyone else. It’d be nice to keep race out of it, but I think that’s what the Oscar’s have been trying to do with their award show.. Keep other races out of it. Sad.

  48. phia8a8 says:

    Hey, it’s just a mathematical numbers game…….blacks represent 10% of American society…….and so Hollywood is just reflecting those numbers…….so the Academy should be forced to vote just because you are black…….what happens to real talent then? It gets watered down diluted……..just vote for the best actor or best movie period!
    People like Mark Ruffalo encourage a silent racism by statements like that.
    Everyone should be treated equally period……..and don’t pick someone just because of their color.

  49. Emilio Largo says:

    Oh Dude – shut your pie-hole. Really? You think you have credibility in the sense of say Al Pacino or maybe George Lucas? You are a relatively “New voice” in the industry. Be glad with the charity we have given you and go back under a rock for now.

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