What Should We Learn from Hollywood’s Diversity Issues and the Oscars Boycott?

[Post by K.M. Lowe, Writer & Corporate Communicator]

Anyone who saw the Academy Awards presentation on television a few weeks ago knows that a lack of diversity was the theme of the program. The issue was that not one person of colour was represented in the nominations at this year’s Oscars (and last year’s as well). Some of the most out-spoken critics made note that it isn’t just the nominations that are the problem — it’s a lack of opportunities in the first place. If you can’t get a good role, you won’t get a nomination. So inflammatory was the issue, that many actors boycotted the awards ceremony.

In an interview with Good Morning America, actor Will Smith summed up concerns over diversity in the movie industry, “The nominations reflect the Academy. The Academy reflects the industry and then the industry reflects America. There is a regressive slide towards separatism, towards racial and religious disharmony… That’s not the industry, that’s not the America I want to leave behind.”

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