The Oscars controversy continues, and now Lupita Nyong’o is weighing in on the disappointing lack of diversity represented at the awards show year after year.
Lupita Nyong’o, 32, is one of the very few black women who has had the privilege of taking home an Academy Award on Oscar night. Now, she has taken to social media to share her thoughts and utter disappointment in the serious “lack of inclusion” the Academy and hoping the call for change is heard loud and clear.
“Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced,” reads the caption to Lupita’s latest Instagram post about the lack of different races included in the 2016 Oscar nominees. The quote, once said by novelist James Baldwin, is just the beginning of how Lupita truly feels about the controversy.
“I am disappointed by the lack of inclusion in this year’s Academy Awards nominations,” Lupita, a 2014 Academy Award winner for her role in 12 Years A Slave, wrote in a full statement released on her Instagram. “The awards should not dictate the terms of art in our modern society, but rather be a diverse reflection of the best of what our art has to offer today.”
Lupita also pointed out that the conversation about the Oscars and it’s lack of diversity really made her think about “unconscious prejudice.”
“I stand with my peers who are calling for change in expanding the stories that are told and recognition of the people who tell them,” Lupita included, although she has not confirmed whether or not she will be boycotting the Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 28. However, her statement reveals that she supports previous statements made by Jada Pinkett Smith, Spike Lee, Tyrese Gibson, and others about how the Oscars definitely need to change.
To see Lupita’s full message about the Oscars controversy, check out her Instagram post HERE.
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