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Jada Pinket Smith Debates Oscars Boycott for Lack of Diversity

Jada Pinket Smith Debates Oscars Boycott for Lack of Diversity

Jada Pinkett Smith is speaking her mind when it comes to the lack of diversity at this year’s Academy Awards.

The 44-year-old actress took to social media to vent her frustrations after all white actors were nominated in the acting categories.

“At the Oscars…people of color are always welcomed to give out awards…even entertain, (pt. 1),” Jada tweeted. “But we are rarely recognized for our artistic accomplishments. Should people of color refrain from participating all together? (pt 2)”

She continued, “People can only treat us in the way in which we allow. With much respect in the midst of deep disappointment. J (pt 3)”

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  • Eathan Crane

    So she thinks she should be nominated for her role in Magic Mike XXL?

  • Curt Noydb

    We elected an unqualified stooge as President for the sake of diversity. See what a nightmare has been. Maybe we should have a black oscar* for those sub-par performances just becasue they are black.

  • Ralph P Frankley

    She didn’t get Oscar, or Golden Globe .. but she is still in the running for Ho, the Best Black Actress , award . Her portrayal of A Black Ho in HO HO is FUN, was great ..

  • John Sanderlin

    A piss poor performance doesn’t warrant an Oscar. Sorry lady, go take care of your weird kids…

  • dalovelee

    It’s the most idiotic thing to say boycott the Oscars because the Academy doesn’t nominate minorities..actors, writers, directors..The Academy nominates excellence and if your film or performance does not reach excellence then face reality: Start making better film and deliver better performances. Also calling on boycotting of the very organization you want to be accepted by is moronic. If the Academy didn’t consider your work why would boycotting them make them reverse their pov?

  • Do Tell

    I thought Benicio Del Toro deserved a nomination this year for “Sicario.” I thought that was a great movie.

  • Cruizin1960

    I guess for Jada it is a huge disappointment that the Academy does not practice Affirmative Action.

  • boulcut

    Affirmative action doesn’t apply to excellence in the arts. The films and performances mentioned were simply mediocre efforts. Nothing the Academy voters thought was outstanding. And all the foot stamping in the world isn’t going to make the movies any better.

  • Do Tell

    I don’t think the issue of diversity alone got Barack Obama elected. He was saying what many people wanted to hear, much like what Donald Trump is doing right now.

    I will just sit back, wait to see the outcome and hope for the best.

  • Daz

    Like OMG! I’m so devastated! Oh the horror!

  • Eathan Crane

    I’m sick of this NO female leads, NO black actors in films. It’s really annoying, when you have a fact that almost every single blockbuster in 2015. featured a strong female lead and a black actor. I’m sick of all this crying for attention. There’s only 12% of black people in USA anyway, and i think the percentage in movies is atleast 30%.

  • gradybridges

    The unqualified stooge was George W Bush-he got us in an unjust war in Iraq, brought unemployment near 10%, never got Bin Laden, permitted torture, gave tax cuts to the rich…
    But I bet you liked him

  • VanityInsecurity

    You cannot manipulate the Academy by bullying the members to vote for actors, writers etc.. who do not deserve it. This isn’t a rally for civil rights, its the achievement in arts.
    Excel in your field, maybe then you will be recognized.

  • Gina

    It has NOTHING to do with wanting the Oscar’s to engage in Affirmative Action. That’s every racists trump card (pun intended) to try to discredit black people. There were many great Oscar-worthy movies and performances by black people this year. Straight Outta Compton should have been nominated for MUCH more awards than it was, Michael B Jordan, Idris Elba, Samuel L. Jackson and director Ryan Coogler should have been nominated. Not because the are black, but because they were great this year.

  • Gina

    Studies show that movies with a more diverse cast perform the best at the box office.

  • cutitout

    Wow, I see the ignorant racists are out in full effect! Way to show everyone just how stupid and uninformed you really are. Sad thing is, you don’t even know it! Spending all day, running site to site to spread your stupidity.

    First of all, many quality projects starring people of color do not get green-lighted so there is never a chance for people of color to tell their stories from their own perspective and when it comes down to casting, qualified, talented actors of color are not even considered. When you have films like “Exodus : Gods and Kings” a film about MIDDLE EASTERN people being STARRED in by CHRISTIAN BALE,ts obvious……

    Writing off Jada Pinket’s concerns as whining or “foot-stumping” does not erase the facts. The fact is, even when actors, actresses of color deliver the best of the best performances, they are not considered. no one, including Jada, expected her to get nominated in “Magic Mike” thats not the point, this is not sour grapes, its a real issue and INTELLIGENT people of all colors withing the industry agree that there is a problem with the recognition of people of color (including all non white races/ethnicity) and women directors and screen writers.

  • AK

    sorry to interrupted .. I’m middle eastern and totally agree on Bale :D lol

  • gradybridges

    Straight Outta Compton was meh but Creed, Tangerine, Hateful Eight were great. the problem with Creed not getting nominated was WB not realizing it would be an award contender and not sending screeners to Academy Members.
    The other problem is that the Academy is just too damn old and out of touch.

  • Eathan Crane

    First of all there is a lot of diversity in movies these days, i’m a movie fan and i definately notice such things, there are a lot of latin stars, british actors, australian actors etc. We have female directors, black directors, female leads in blockbusters etc. One of the biggest movies of the year, Straight Outta Compton, features an almost all-black cast. I listed all the biggest movies in 2015. and named the black actors that star in them, and don’t forget that only 12% of US population are black people, there are more latin people (16%) and they are also frequently featured on both TV and movies.

    The list of movies with black people in noticable roles in 2015:
    Star Wars: The Force Awakens (John Boyega, Lupita Nyong’o)
    Jurassic World (Omar Sy)
    Furious 7 (Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Djimon Hounsou, Nathalie Emmanuel)
    Avengers: Age of Ultron (Don Cheadle, Anthony Mackie, Samuel L. Jackson, Idris Elba)
    Spectre (Naomie Harris)
    Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (Ving Rhames)
    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Pt. 2 (Mahershala Ali, Jeffrey Wright, Evan Ross)
    The Martian (Chiwetel Ejiofor, Donald Glover)
    Cinderella (Nonso Anozie)
    Ant-Man (Bobby Cannavale, Anthony Mackie, T.I.)
    San Andreas (Dwayne Johnson)
    Terminator Genysis (Dayo Okeniyi, Courtney B. Vance)
    Kingsman: The Secret Service (Samuel L. Jackson)
    Mad Max: Fury Road (Zoe Kravitz)
    Taken 3 (Forest Whitaker)
    Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (Dexter Darden, Giancarlo Esposito)
    Insurgent (Mekhi Phifer, Octavia Spencer, Zoe Kravitz, Keiynan Lonsdale, Kendrick Cross)
    Pitch Perfect 2 (Ester Dean, Chrissie Fit)
    Spy (Bobby Cannavale, 50 Cent)
    Ted 2 (Morgan Freeman, Michael Dorn, Ron Canada)
    Jupiter Ascending (Nikki Amuka-Bird, Nicholas A. Newman, Ariyon Bakare, David Ajala, Gugu Mbatha-Raw)
    Fantastic Four (Michael B. Jordan, Reg E. Cathey)
    Daddy’s Home (Bobby Cannavale, Hannibal Buress)
    Focus (Will Smith)
    Magic Mike XXL (Adam Rodriguez, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Donald Glover)
    Creed (Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad, Malik Bazille, Wood Harris)
    Seventh Son (Djimon Hounsou)
    Get Hard (Kevin Hart, T.I.)
    The Last Witch Hunter (Vin Diesel, Isaach De Bankole)
    Southpaw (Forest Whitaker, 50 Cent, Skylan Brooks, Naomie Harris)
    The Perfect Guy (Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy, Morris Chestnut, Charles S. Dutton)
    Concussion (Will Smith, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Hill Harper, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Richard T. Jones)
    Black or White (Octavia Spencer, Mpho Koaho, Anthony Mackie, Andre Holland)
    The Hateful Eight (Samuel L. Jackson, Dana Gourrier, Keith Jefferson)

  • VanityInsecurity

    sorry to burst your bubble but Exodus Gods & Kings are about Egyptian’s not about Middle-Eastern people. Bale was cast because of his box office star power. Studios want STAR POWER & box office hits.. the only way to achieve it is through A list actors. The industry does not care about color they care about MONEY! It’s why they cast the same actors. Bale has tremendous box office pull.. he’s pulled in about 4 billion dollars as a lead actor…please tell me one minority actor that brings that to the table. stop spreading lies, or in your case ignorance. You have no idea how this industry works but you want to just blame it all on race.. sorry but this is about what everything is about MONEY.

  • Mike1288

    I agree with you on the fact that especially with films minorities in general have a lack of representation. This year especially I can not think of one movie that a minority cast has done that was any better or on par with the nominees. It seems like the only movies are ones that portray stereotypes or historical films of the equal rights movement. Imagine if Viola Davis was in something like Gravity and not just something like The Help or the 1 film a year developed for a person of color to work with. So in that respect I totally agree.

    Howver, I am sick of seeing black people only cast in roles where they portray stereotypes like Straight Outta Compton, Empire and the upcoming Tupac movie (I really enjoy celebrating someone who spoke out so openly about his disdain for mixed marriages).

  • Eathan Crane

    Many black people have won an Oscar in the past, what you’re writing is simply not true. 2015. was a huge year for black people, as every major movie featured one or more black actors, the thing is there weren’t many dramatic roles, most of those roles were in action blockbusters that the Academy never even nominates (except in technical categories), it was just a bad luck. In previous years many were nominated and many have won.

  • laura

    Exactly… this political correctness is so overboard! You shouldn’t want to be nominated because you’re black, you should want to be nominated because you did something good!

  • cutitout

    “Middle East – is a transcontinental region centered on Western Asia and Egypt. ” (from Wikipedia.) the fact that you don’t know that Egypt is in the middle east pretty much says it all. Please walk away from whatever you are typing on, you are making a fool out of yourself. I know how the industry works. Refresh your page. The lead story on this site is about RIDE ALONG, a film with two black leads has dethroned Star Wars to top the box office….That’s what happens when talented actors of color are given a CHANCE.

  • cutitout

    You are basically proving my point. Black actors are not given the same opportunities, it bigger than just not tossing in a few token minorities, no body wants that. its bigger than the Oscars. its not luck, its systematic.

  • cutitout

    And NONE OF THEM WERE NOMINATED. Whats the your point?

  • Patty Cake

    Don’t attend Jada. No one will miss you.

  • cutitout

    No one is asking for ‘affirmative action” The academy has a hard time recognizing solid performances by people of color unless they are slaves, maids, or singing and dancing like Bojangles.

  • cutitout

    No one is asking to be nominated because they are black they want legitimate consideration . The academy is too busy trying to make room to nominate Jennifer Lawrence’s farts tho.

  • cutitout

    No people of color excelled in their field?????? No people of colorare/ were capapable of delivering a performance up to par with all of these white actors?

  • niagirl

    Oh boy, here comes the stfu’s Jada for expressing her opinion. Someone who actually lives and works in Hollywood.

  • Eathan Crane

    Over the last 10 or so years we have seen many actors and actresses being nominated or winning an Oscar. Chiwetel Ejiofor, Barkhad Abdi, Lupita Nyong’o, Denzel Washington, Quvenzhane Wallis, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Morgan Freeman, Gabourey Sidbide, Mo’Nique, Taraji P. Henson, Forest Whitaker, Will Smith, Djimon Hounsou, Eddie Murphy, Jennifer Hudson, Terrence Howard, Jamie Foxx, Don Cheadle, Sophie Okonedo, Queen Latifah, Halle Berry, Michael Clarke Duncan etc. The problem with 2015. was that all movies that featured black actors were action movies or comedies, there wasn’t much dramas, and that’s why they weren’t nominated this year. The biggest hits of the year, Furious 7 and Straight Outta Compton, basically feature an all-black cast, but those roles are not Oscar worthy.

  • Dee

    Bruh. If you’ve seen Will Smith’s Concussion you would understand why shes saying what shes saying. And some of you have clearly not seen Straight Outta Compton if your shitting on Jada for this.

  • Dee

    Shes fucking right,. I mean for fucks sakes they have have Chris Rock hosting…..total lack of disrespect and racism once again from the academy. its not like they didnt have options. They had many options. I mean the only actor they even nominated in Creed is white. Thats not a coincidence. If anyone deserved some recognition in that movie…it shouldve been MBJ.

  • Eathan Crane

    I think the Academy should have nominated all black actors in the acting categories, something like this:

    Best Actor in a Leading Role:
    Michael B. Jordan (Creed)
    Will Smith (Concussion)
    John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
    Vin Diesel (Furious 7)
    Samuel L. Jackson (The Hateful Eight)

    Best Actor in a Supporting Role:
    Chiwetel Ejiofor (The Martian)
    Forest Whitaker (Southpaw)
    Morris Chestnut (The Perfect Guy)
    Anthony Mackie (Black or White)
    Idris Elba (Beasts of No Nation)

    Best Actress in a Leading Role:
    Sanaa Lathan (The Perfect Guy)
    Regina Hall (People Places Things)
    Gabrielle Dennis (Black Coffee)
    Rochelle Aytes (My Favourite Five)
    Octavia Spencer (Black or White)

    Best Actress in a Supporting Role:
    Jada Pinkett-Smith (Magic Mike XXL)
    Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Concussion)
    Tessa Thompson (Creed)
    Naomie Harris (Spectre)
    Zoe Kravitz (Insurgent)

  • Ariana

    Jada is an idiot. First of all, the Oscars are about who did the best in what category, and if it be all white actors, then it means their performance were the ones that stood out. The Oscars gave 12 Years a Slave multiple big Oscars 2 years ago so how are they racist? This is stupid and should not be about race but about achievement in film.
    AND FYI, movies like SOC or Concussion did not have any good acting in them so why should the actors from them be nominated?

  • Ariana

    What does Jada think she deserves an Oscar for? Her acting in Magic Mike 2? LOL! I am sick of people like her, Viola Davis and many other PC idiots who make it about race. We never hear great actors like Denzel Washington or Will Smith( Jada’s husband) cry about race when they are nominated or not.

  • Ariana

    I love Will Smith but his acting was not great in Concussion. The acting in SOC was also not good either. Just average.

  • Eathan Crane

    And Emily Blunt aswell, but i don’t see her crying all over the internet. Jada is rooting for Will Smith, i understand that, but looking at the 5 nominees, they were all better than Will, i’m sorry Jada, but they were. Will Smith was nominated twice for an Oscar, and i’m sure more nominations and an eventual win will come in the future, because he’s a great actor and deserves to be recognized as such, but he didn’t deserve a nomination for his role in Concussion.

  • Ariana

    Like what?

  • VanityInsecurity

    WOW. When Ancient Egyptians ruled it wasn’t considered Middle Eastern stop thinking terms of modern when the story is about the past.. and again you are thinking small terms & outdated ones.. The Ride Along actors are in NO way drama based actors this is a comedy movie & you want to compare that? There is no comedy award at the Oscars. Your point keeps swaying from your original concept. get it together before talking to me.

  • Ariana

    And whose fault is that? Why do Blacks take degrading roles then? I never see Will Smith or Denzel Washington playing roles of slaves, the help or a stereotypical black guy. If you are famous like the, then you do have a choice.
    You can always say no to a role if you want. Many Jewish actresses like Natalie Portman turn down roles of a holocaust victim because they don’t want to be stereotyped or seen in a degrading role.

  • Ariana

    I am a bit annoyed with who whole PC BS getting involved in teh Oscars. If that’s the case, how come people don’t get angry that the BET award only nominated blacks and exclude other races? They don’t nominate Whites, Asians, Indians, Hispanics,etc. So if the Oscars are racist according to Jada, then so are the BET awards then.

  • Ariana

    Ugh no. The Academy chose who they think performed the best and if it happens to be all white actors, then so be it.

  • Ariana

    I think the only person truly snubbed for an Oscar is none other then Johnny Depp. He performed way better then the actors from Creed or SOC but you don’t hear him complaining and threatening to boycott the Oscars.

  • VanityInsecurity

    Stop thinking in terms of white or black.. I know its hard for non sensical people like yourself, but try to think of it as performance abilities & not as a color thing or try watching all of the performances this year.. perhaps you might agree with people who actually know good acting from mediocracy.

  • Ariana

    They very same people who complain about Bale in that movie are the very same idiots who wanted a Black Spider-Man. Which is hilarious and hypocritical. One one hand they complain about white actors playing white roles but then demand mainstream white roles to be played by blacks.

  • Eathan Crane

    Oh look “Ride Along 2″ just topped the box-office, dethroning “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” which also features a black male lead. There really is no diversity in movies these days! LOL. Give me a break Jada. Go home cry to your mamma that your husband, who didn’t deserve to be nominated, is not nominated!

  • VanityInsecurity

    Or why don’t you ever hear of other minorities whine & complain about nominations? Ever heard of a Hispanic or Asian nag the world with their narrow minded views.

  • Ariana

    I agree. Indians, Asians, Hispanic, Native Americans actors/actresses never complain if nobody nominates them and they suffer way more then blacks do.

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