Sound Off for January 22: What do you think of the Academy Awards backlash?
SPOKANE, Wash. — Actor Will Smith said he will join his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, in boycotting this year’s Oscars. The couple is taking a stand over a lack of diversity. None of the 20 acting nominations, for example, went to a person of color for the second year in a row.
The Academy is under pressure as more stars are starting to speak out about this issue. In a statement this week, the Academy’s president, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, promised it “is taking dramatic steps to alter the makeup of our membership.”
“This whole Oscar controversy isn’t really about the Oscars,” Pinkett Smith told ET. “Really, in my plea to ask all communities and people of color to take back our power is so that we can use it in all sectors of our community, and right now, specifically with African-American people, we have some very serious issues that I think we as a people have to move together on.”
According to The New York Times, the Academy is expected to announce new measures aiming to make Oscar choices more diverse. They could including opening the acting and best picture categories to a larger field of nominees.
What do you think of the Academy Awards backlash?