Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith to boycott The Oscars

Published On January 19, 2016 | By Keri | Entertainment News

Both Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith have announced that they will boycott this year’s Academy Awards.

They both posted separate messages today saying they would not be in attendance for the February 28th ceremony.

Since the Oscar nominees were announced on Thursday, the Academy has drawn criticism for lack of diversity.

“We cannot support it and [I] mean no disrespect … But, how is it possible for the second consecutive year all 20 contenders under the acting category are white? And let’s not even get into the other branches,” Lee wrote on Instagram. “Forty white actors in two years and no flava at all. We can’t act?! WTF!!”

Lee said the ” ‘real’ battle” over racism in Hollywood is not with the Academy Awards but in “the executive offices of the Hollywood studios and TV and cable networks”.

Pinkett, whose husband, Will Smith, had been considered an Oscar contender for his role in “Concussion” but was not nominated, said she would not even watch the Oscars on TV this year.

She posted a video to Facebook, which said in part, “Begging for acknowledgement, or even asking, diminishes dignity and diminishes power. And we are a dignified people, and we are powerful. So let’s let the Academy do them, with all grace and love. And let’s do us, differently.”

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