When people ask
#OscarsSoWhite creator April Reign if the diversity campaign she helped spring board into social media is still a pressing issue, she has a clear answer. Yes.
“My answer is absolutely yes,” Reign told Variety’s Marc Malkin on the 2019 Oscar red carpet. “Until we are no longer having these conversations about firsts in 2019. Until we see everyone having the opportunity, whether it’s race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, indigenous people in this country, until we all have an opportunity to see ourselves represented on screen — not just during awards season but all year long — I’ll still continue to talk about Oscars So White.”
Asked whether there will ever come a day when these issues no longer exist, she was hopeful. “I hope so, but I think slow and steady is winning this race,” she said. “I would love to see more significant changes faster, but at least we’re moving in the right direction.”