Al Sharpton Slams the Academy Awards, Calls for Boycott
Rev. Al Sharpton is among the many people whoare slamming the Oscars for its lack of diversity among its nominees. This week, the hashtag, #oscarssowhite went viral once again and Al. Sharpton shared his two cents by calling a boycott against the prestigious award ceremony.
“Hollywood is like the Rocky Mountains, the higher up you get the whiter it gets,” Sharpton said in a statement, “and this year’s Academy Awards will be yet another Rocky Mountain Oscars. Yet again, deserving black actors and directors were ignored by the academy — which reinforces the fact that there are few if any blacks with real power in Hollywood. Being left out of awards consideration is about more than just recognition for a job well done; winning an Oscar has long-lasting cultural and economic impacts.”
In an effort to promote more diversity among award shows, Al Sharpton has teamed up with the Los Angeles chapter of his National Action Network to organize a summit that will bring Hollywood’s lack of diversity to light.
“We will not sit idly by and allow our community to be disregarded,” Sharpton concluded.
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Story From: Entertainment Weekly