Spike Lee, Jada Pinkett Smith to boycott the Oscars

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NEW YORK (AP) — Calls for a boycott of the Academy Awards are growing over the Oscars’ second straight year of mostly white nominees, as Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith each said Monday that they will not attend this year’s ceremony.

In a lengthy Instagram post, Lee said he “cannot support” the “lily white” Oscars. Noting that he was writing on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Lee said he was fed up: “Forty white actors in two years and no flava at all,” he wrote.

In a video message on Facebook, Pinkett Smith also said she wouldn’t attend or watch the Oscars in February. Pinkett Smith, whose husband Will Smith wasn’t nominated for his performance in the NFL head trauma drama “Concussion,” said “begging for acknowledgement, or even asking, diminishes dignity.”

 

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5 comments

  • That Guy

    This is such a stupid act of people with money well guess what why cant we have a all white station or why cant we have a white person day no we cant cause that would be racist get over it this is a new centry we live in get over it we owe you nothing….do a better job acting, this makes me sick.

  • Commonsense

    Who cares? If you had a decent role that qualified you for an Oscar you would be nominated. La la land trying to make another attempt at reverse discrimination. Damn crybabies. Had a Smith, now, that’s funny.

  • Sirius XM Channels

    if folks are truly looking for a reason to boycott the oscars, how’s about boycotting because they lack any family values and hollyweird pushes satan, sex, death, homosexuality, other perversions, and drugs at every turn.
    I haven’t watched the oscars in years….bunch of self-aggrandizing, perverted, bloviators who exalt themselves…I’ll stay home and read the bible.