Slews of people have voiced their opinions about the lack of diversity in this year’s Oscar nominations. The topic has become a nationwide issue after influential names like Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith announced they would be boycotting this year’s Academy Awards on February 28.

On Monday, Smith posted a video stating she would not attend the ceremony and that the time has come that people of color use their power to change the dynamics of Hollywood, and that change will not come until we create more opportunities for ourselves, especially within our own communities.

Smith acknowledged Chris Rock, the host of the 2016 Academy Awards saying, “I can’t think of a better man to do the job at hand this year than you my friend, and good luck.”

Earlier on Monday, Lee acknowledged on Instagram President Cheryle Boone Issacs and the Academy for honoring him with an honorary Oscar but stated he, along with his wife, would not be attending the ceremony.

Lee said it is no coincidence that he is writing this as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and posed the question, “How is it possible for the 2nd consecutive year all 20 contenders under the actor category are white?”

Lee also stated that the problem is not within the Oscars but truly the executive offices in Hollywood studios, and that no real progress will happen until minorities are in those offices making decisions as well.

What are your thoughts about the Oscar nominations? Will you be watching this year or boycott along with Lee and Smith?


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