Not all invited to the 88th Academy Awards in February will be showing up.
A number of celebrities have now planned to boycott the Oscars due to its lack of diversity.
Only white movie people were nominated this year, something that is the rule rather than the exception. Actress Jada Pinkett-Smith and director Spike Lee are two of those who will not attent the event.
On her Facebook page Jada Pinkett-Smith posted a video yesterday explaining her stance on the issue: “Begging for acknowledgment or even asking diminishes dignity and diminishes power. And we are a dignified people, and we are powerful.”
Jada’s husband Will Smith was not nominated for an Oscar this year, but did get an Golden Globe nomination for his role in Concussion. People are speculating whether or not it’s the reason for her boycott, but whatever it may be, it can still be a good message to send the Academy and people watching.
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