Yikes! With the all-white Oscar nominations for the 2016 acting categories, the Motion Picture Academy’s president has put out an unprecedented statement about the ‘lack of inclusion’ in this year’s contenders. This issue is getting REAL!
Wow! The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs has taken the brave task of coming forward and admitting, “yes we have a problem” when it comes to the complete and total lack of diversity among the 2016 Academy Awards contenders. It’s become such an issue that the ceremony’s host Chris Rock is sarcastically calling it the “White B.E.T. Awards.” On Jan. 18, as the nation recognized the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, Cheryl, who is African-American herself, put forth this bold public statement about the issue, which we have in its entirety:
“I’d like to acknowledge the wonderful work of this year’s nominees. While we celebrate their extraordinary achievements, I am both heartbroken and frustrated about the lack of inclusion. This is a difficult but important conversation, and it’s time for big changes,” she begins. “The Academy is taking dramatic steps to alter the makeup of our membership. In the coming days and weeks we will conduct a review of our membership recruitment in order to bring about much-needed diversity in our 2016 class and beyond.”
“As many of you know, we have implemented changes to diversify our membership in the last four years. But the change is not coming as fast as we would like. We need to do more, and better and more quickly,” she adds.
“This isn’t unprecedented for the Academy. In the ‘60s and ‘70s it was about recruiting younger members to stay vital and relevant. In 2016, the mandate is inclusion in all of its facets: gender, race, ethnicity and sexual orientation. We recognize the very real concerns of our community, and I so appreciate all of you who have reached out to me in our effort to move forward together.” Bravo Cheryl for acknowledging the issue and promising to do something about it!
HollywoodLifers, what do you think about Cheryl’s statement? Do you think we’ll see more diversity in coming years?