Al Sharpton Leads Oscars Protest To Boycott Academy Awards Over Lack Of Black Nominees

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Al Sharpton Oscars Boycott

By Andrew Shuster

Al Sharpton Oscars Boycott

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Al Sharpton led an Oscars protest in Hollywood on Sunday shortly before the start of the 2016 Academy Awards. The activist gathered with a group of fellow protesters near the Dolby Theatre, where the 88th annual ceremony is being held, to promote a boycott of the show over the lack of diversity among the nominees.

As Gossip Cop has reported, the #OscarsSoWhite boycott launched earlier this year due to not a single black actor or person of color getting nominated for the second consecutive year. During Sharpton’s speech at Sunday’s protest, he announced that the 2016 ceremony would be “the last night of an all-white Oscars” and promised to also boycott advertisers of the show if the same situation were to occur next year. Addressing the Academy, Sharpton added, “You are out of time.”

Sharpton and around 70 protesters then marched in a circle around the parking lot outside of Hollywood High School on Highland Avenue and Sunset Boulevard. Funk music played as the demonstrators chanted “diversify the Academy” and “Hollywood, Hollywood, you’re not looking that good.” Sharpton also displayed an Oscar statue that was painted white, and declared it to be what the Academy should be handing out to its winners tonight.

Prior to the boycott near the Dolby Theatre, Sharpton also delivered a sermon at at the First African Methodist Episcopal Church. Additionally, Sharpton’s National Action Network organization also staged protests in a number of cities including, New York, Atlanta, Miami, Detroit, Washington, D.C. and Cleveland.

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