Jada Pinkett Smith, the wife of Will Smith, said that Black American actors and actresses were underrepresented among the winners of Oscars and other awards.
Jada Pinkett Smith commented on Twitter regarding the lack of diversity in Hollywood. The list of Academy Award nominees didn’t contain many men and women from other ethnic backgrounds than the usual WASP category. The influential actress posted three odd tweets in which she shared her thoughts on the lack of those actors and actresses that came from outside the mainstream.
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She mentioned the fact that at the Oscars, most of the Black Americans either gave out the awards or merely served as tools for entertainment value. They were seldom at the center stage of things.
Colored people just didn’t get represented in a proportionate manner. She also said that they were rarely recognized as viable artists in their own right.
At the Oscars...people of color are always welcomed to give out awards...even entertain, (pt. 1)— Jada Pinkett Smith (@jadapsmith) January 16, 2016
Then she asked the legitimate question that ought the Academy Awards be boycotted. She said that they were responsible for allowing Whites to treat them with disrespect. It was indeed disappointing.
This is the fourth year and no Black American actors or actresses have appeared in the four major categories at the Oscars. It is a crying shame. Even Jada’s hubby, Will Smith was ignored for his role in the movie Concussion. And that too despite the fact that he had a lead role in the film.
Meanwhile, comedian Chris Rock has called the Academy Awards as the White BET Awards. He was being sarcastic after Jada Pinkett Smith pointed out the contradiction.
It may be a controversial move but at least it hits closer to home. Actors and actresses, whose only fault was that they happened to be colored, were shunned by the officials who decided who would get the awards and who would not.
The lack of black and the rights of whites has simply gone too far. Now it needs to be reversed. Recently, a hashtag declaring #OscarsSoWhite started trending on social online media.
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It is in response to the short shrift shown to ethnic minorities at the Oscars. Such shows as Straight Outta Compton, Beasts of No Nation and Concussion ought to have had their actors and actresses shown some recognition. But unfortunately this never happened which is indeed reason for sadness and anger.