Rapper Snoop Dogg has resorted to social media to voice his outrage over the lack of diversity in 2016’s Oscar nominations, which failed to recognize any actors of color.
“Somebody was actually like am I gonna watch the motherf—ing Oscars. F— no,” the rapper expressed in an Instagram video post on Monday. He continued, “What the f— am I going to watch that bullsh-t for? They ain’t got no n—-s nominated. All these great movies and all this great shit y’all keep stealing from us. F— you! F— you!”
Snoop Dogg isn’t the first to publicly speak out about the Oscars’ diversity issue. Following the announcement of this year’s Oscar noms on Jan. 14, the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite infiltrated the internet and controversy rapidly spread, particularly among high-profile players in the industry.
Spike Lee, who received an honorary Oscar last year, announced via Instagram that he will be absent from this year’s ceremony.
“How Is It Possible For The 2nd Consecutive Year All 20 Contenders Under The Actor Category Are White? And Let’s Not Even Get Into The Other Branches. 40 White Actors In 2 Years And No Flava At All. We Can’t Act?! WTF!!” said Lee. He concluded his post by stating that he doesn’t place full blame on the Academy Awards for the lack of minority nominees, but the studio, television network and cable network execs who “decide what gets made and what gets jettisoned to ‘turnaround’ or scrap heap.”
Also calling for a boycott of this year’s Oscar ceremony is actress Jada Pinkett Smith.
“At the Oscars…people of color are always welcomed to give out awards…even entertain. But we are rarely recognized for our artistic accomplishments. Should people of color refrain from participating all together?” she said in a Saturday tweet.
“We need to get better at this,” actor George Clooney told Variety in an interview. “If you think back 10 years ago, the Academy was doing a better job,” Clooney said. He recalled a time when actors like Don Cheadle and Morgan Freeman were being recognized by the Academy. “All of a sudden, you feel like we’re moving in the wrong direction,” he said.
1997 Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. also responded to the conversation, suggesting that an addition of more members of color to the Academy would improve the situation.
“I think the more members of color that they put in, the minorities, the better,” he said.