While Ice Cube seems unbothered by the N.W.A biopic, “Straight Outta Compton” being omitted from additional categories at this year’s Oscars, pitch-black community leaders have started to take proactive paces on the issue.
Following the Academy’s Thursday morning announcement of the 2016 Oscars campaigners, Rev. Al Sharpton bombed the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for its flagrant shortage of diversity in this year’s nominations.
“Hollywood is like the Rocky Mountains, the higher up you get the whiter it gets and this year’s Academy Awards will be yet another Rocky Mountain Oscars, ” Sharpton said in a statement provided for under the National Action Network. “Yet again, deserving pitch-black performers and chairmen were ignored by the Academy — which reinforces the facts of the case that there are few if any pitch-blacks with real influence in Hollywood. Being left out of bestows consideration is about more than exactly acceptance for a responsibility well-done; acquiring an Oscar has long-lasting culture and financial impacts.”
Sharpton’s commentaries weren’t the first time he addressed the diversity question in Hollywood. In 2014, after a disclosed prejudiced email exchange between then-Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairman Amy Pascal and a Hollywood producer were disclosed, Sharpton met with Pascal to discuss has the intention to create equality to the film industry.
Next month, Sharpton and the National Action Network intend to call out studios and film industry commanders “who aren’t living up to their obligations, ” during a Hollywood Summit
The group’s Los Angeles chapter is also recommending sees to boycott the Oscar’s Feb. 28, telecast in an attempt to affect the show’s ratings and advertising interest, according to the chapter’s political administrator Najee Ali.
“The lack of African Americans and women excluded from the major categories of Oscar campaigners is appalling, ” Ali said in a statement to The Wrap. “Cheryl Boone Issacs, the African-American president of the academy, is nothing but a pawn, and the pitch-black look of Hollywood’s system and culture the hell is prejudiced, sexist and shortfalls true-life diversity.”
The 88 th annual Academy Awards, hosted by Chris Rock, will air live on ABC on Feb. 28.
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