After the 2016 Oscars shortlist was announced, a backlash quickly followed with thousands of people commenting on the lack of diversity with the hashtag #Oscarsowhite - and actress Jada Pinkett-Smith is now boycotting the ceremony all together.
To put it bluntly, every single Oscar nominee (there are 20 of them) is white and there are no women who have been nominated for directing or writing categories - which is absolutely absurd. Jada took to social media to voice her opinion and suggest "people of colour" should consider refraining from "participating all together".
On Twitter, she wrote: "At the Oscars...people of colour are always welcomed to give out awards...even entertain, But we are rarely recognised for our artistic accomplishments. Should people of colour refrain from participating all together?
"People can only treat us the way in which we allow. With much respect in the midst of deep disappointment. J [sic]".
She then filmed a video message for her Facebook challenge, to which she said:
"Maybe it's time that we recognise that if we love, respect and acknowledge ourselves in the way in which we are asking others to do, that that is the place of true power. I'm simply asking the question. Here's what I believe. The Academy has the right to acknowledge whomever they choose, to invite whomever they choose. And now I think it's our responsibility now to make the change.Maybe it is time that we pull back our resources and we put them back into our communities, into our programmes, and we make programmes for ourselves that acknowledge us in ways that we see fit, that are just as good as the mainstream ones.Begging for acknowledgement, or even asking, diminishes dignity and diminishes power. We are a dignified people and we are powerful. Let's not forget it. So let's let The Academy do them in all grace and love, and let's do us differently. Hey Chris [Rock], I will not be at The Academy Awards and I will not be watching, but I can't think of a better man to do the job at hand this year than you."
Jada isn't the only one boycotting the Oscars over the lack of diversity in nominations, as director Spike Lee also shared an Instagram post explainin that he will not be attending the ceremony.
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