It’s been two whole days since the Academy showed its true colors, when it announced its Oscar nominations made up of exclusively white actors. The backlash online was deafening, and now it’s extending into the Hollywood community.
Jada Pinkett Smith, whose husband Will Smith was one of a handful of African American actors in the running for a nomination, took to social media Saturday and suggested a boycott to protest this year’s lack of diversity. “At the Oscars, people of color are always welcomed to give out awards, even entertain, but we are rarely recognized for our artistic accomplishments,” she wrote on Facebook and Twitter. “Should people of color refrain from participating all together?”
Smith’s outrage is understandable, as It’s the second time in as any years that the Academy failed to nominate any actors of color for major awards. This year stings in particular, as minority actors like Michael B. Jordan, Idris Elba, and Kitana Kiki Rodriguez delivered some of the most powerful performances of the year.
“People can only treat us in the way in which we allow,” Smith added. “With much respect in the midst of deep disappointment, J.”