Jada Pinkett Smith Suggests Boycotting Oscars After Black Actors Snubbed
Jada Pinkett Smith is suggesting an Oscars boycott by black entertainers after only white actors were nominated for the second year in a row.
As Gossip Cop reported, all potential black acting nominees were snubbed when the 2016 Academy Awards nominations were announced on Thursday. Among the snubs was Smith’s own husband, Will Smith, who was widely expected to receive a Best Actor nomination for Concussion. While he hasn’t publicly reacted to the controversy, Pinkett Smith took to Facebook on Saturday to share a sad commentary on the situation.
“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. “Should people of color refrain from participating all together? People can only treat us in the way in which we allow.”
Pinkett Smith signed the post, “With much respect in the midst of deep disappointment, J.” Others who have also slammed The Academy this week for the lack of diversity among the nominees range from Al Sharpton to John Stamos. The upcoming ceremony, set for February 28, will be hosted by Chris Rock, who cracked on Twitter on Friday, “The #Oscars. The White BET Awards.”
The Smiths are pictured above at last Sunday’s Golden Globes, where he lost Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama to Leonardo DiCaprio.