America, the land of opportunity and so called “equality” has not yet reached the point at which all races are equally represented. Even the famous 88th Academy Awards having approximately 36.6 million viewers, has deteriorated in terms of diversifying nominations throughout the years. But not to worry, the stars will not cease to shine. They are taking action.
It was announced that no actors of color were chosen for any of the 20 major Academy Award nominations, marking the second year in a row that every single acting nominee was white. This prompted the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite to start trending on Twitter. As a result of the outrage, several celebrities have declared that they will be boycotting the 2016 Oscars or simply not watching. Jada Pinkett Smith proposed the boycott in a tweet, creating a ripple effect among other celebrities who decided to join such as Reese Witherspoon, Snoop Dogg, Mark Ruffalo, Will Smith, George Clooney, Donald Trump, and many more.
Amid controversy, the Academy decided to make some changes. Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, announced that the Academy plans to double female and minority membership by 2020.
Different celebrities have varied opinions that segregation was a problem even before the Academy Awards, boycotting the ceremony will help mitigate the problem, the nominations had nothing to do with skin color but quality of performance, and that we must integrate rather than segregate by putting an end to targeted television channels such as BET (Black Entertainment Television). What do you think?
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