George Clooney Speaks Out Against The Academy:
As Black people have been fed up for the past week or so after the nominees for this year’s Academy Awards were announced and not a single person of color’s name was read.
The hashtag #OscarsSoWhite is currently trending on Twitter and some have begun to put pressure on the show’s host, Chris Rock, to step down from his post and boycott the event. According to Variety, actor George Clooney is now speaking out against The Academy:
If you think back 10 years ago, the Academy was doing a better job. Think about how many more African Americans were nominated. I would also make the argument, I don’t think it’s a problem of who you’re picking as much as it is: How many options are available to minorities in film, particularly in quality films?I think we have a lot of points we need to come to terms with. I find it amazing that we’re an industry that in the 1930s, most of our leads were women. And now a woman over 40 has a very difficult time being a lead in a movie.
We’re seeing some movement. Jennifer Lawrence and Patricia Arquette have made the loud pronouncement about wage disparity, have put a stamp on the idea that we got to pay attention.
But we should have been paying attention long before this. I think that African Americans have a real fair point that the industry isn’t representing them well enough. I think that’s absolutely true.
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