An Oscars boycott is in order following the announcement of only white nominees for major categories, according to reports from CNN and others. That's the decision of Jada Pinkett-Smith and Spike Lee. The Oscars will air on February 28. This is the second consecutive year in which all nominees for major categories are white.
Lee wrote on Instagram, "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. Forty white actors in two years and no flava at all. We can't act?!"
Lee also cited the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., in his announcement that he would boycott the Oscars.
Lee stated the following on Instagram.
"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".
His Oscars boycott, he says in his announcement, is related to a concern he specifically has with executive offices of Hollywood studios and TV and cable networks. As he also notes in his Instagram post that the Academy did award him an honorary Oscar last year.