Spike Lee Boycotting Oscars Over Lack Of Black Nominees
Spike Lee is boycotting the Oscars. The director and filmmaker announced in an Instagram post on Monday that he will not be attending the Academy Awards ceremony because of its lack of black nominees. See his post below.
Lee starts by expressing gratitude for the honorary Academy Award he received last November, but says he and his wife “will not attending the Oscar ceremony this coming February.” He then quotes Dr. Martin Luther King about how “there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it’s right.” Lee asks, “How is it possible for the 2nd consecutive year all 20 contenders under the actor category are white? And let’s not even get into the other branches.” He then laments, “40 white actors in 2 years and no flava at all. We can’t act?! WTF!”
The filmmaker encourages media outlets “to ask all the white nominees and studio heads how they feel about another all white ballot.” Lee points out, “It’s easier for an African-American to be president of the United States than be president of a Hollywood studio,” before urging more black people to vie for these major positions because “the truth is we ain’t in these rooms and until minorities are, the Oscar nominees will remain lily white.”
See Lee’s Instagram below about not attending this year’s Oscar because of its lack of diversity.