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#OscarsSoWhite: Jada Pinkett Smith slams Oscar nominations for lacking diversity, wants to boycott event

19 January 2016 Entertainment News


Fourth Estate Staff

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – Jada Pinkett Smith has slammed the lack of diversity for the Oscar nominations not only this year but also last year and took to Twitter and Facebook to suggest a boycott of the event.

The Oscar nominations this year had zero people of color and Smith, being one of the most vocal shippers of the hashtag “# OscarsSoWhite” even posted a video of herself talking about the Academy’s lack of diversity. The more than two minutes video centered on the people of color not asking or begging for recognition.

She shared, “Here’s what I know. Begging for acknowledgment or even asking, diminishes dignity and diminishes power. And we are powerful, and let’s not forget it. So let’s let the Academy do them with all grace and love, and let’s do us differently.” She also suggested that there should be a body recognizing the people of color that is established by them as well.

The “Magic Mike XL” actress also said, “The Academy has the right to acknowledge whomever they choose, to invite whomever they choose. And now I think that it’s our responsibility now to make the change.”

On Twitter, Smith also talked about the Oscar nominations. She tweeted: “At the Oscars … people of color are always welcomed to give out awards … even entertain, but we are rarely recognized for our artistic accomplishments. Should people of color refrain from participating all together?”

A lot have slammed Smith criticizing the Academy and said that she spoke out about the lack of diversity because her husband, Will Smith, was snubbed for his character in “Concussion.” However, Smith not being nominated is not the only shocking snub as fans are also questioning Idris Elba of “Beasts of No Nation” and Samuel L. Jackson for “The Hateful Eight” not being nominated.

Jada ended her video wishing Oscar host Chris Rock good luck and announced that she will not be attending the event nor watching it on T.V.