Snoop Dogg has some Oscar fury due to the lack of diversity in the nominations from the Academy Awards. This year marks the most Caucasian-heavy awards ceremony since 1998, despite the fact that Chris Rock will host the awards.
Snoop Dogg, whose real name is Calvin Broadus Jr., is just another name boycotting the awards. The rapper-turned-entertainer joins names like Jada Pinkett-Smith and Spike Lee, both of whom have previously spoken out against the Oscars.
According to TMZ, Snoop Dogg went on a small rant.
In a video that he recorded himself, the rapper said, “Somebody asked me if I was going to watch the mother f—ing Oscars? F–k no! What the f–k am I going to watch that bulls–t for? They’ve got no n—-s nominated. All these great movies, and all this great s–t you are all stealing from us? F–k you, f–k you!”
As stated, Snoop isn’t the only person mad about the lack of diversity in the major categories. Jada Pinkett-Smith, the wife of Will Smith, who failed to get a nomination for his role in Concussion despite racking up nominations early on for other award ceremonies, spoke out about the lack of diversity. In a video that has been viewed seven million times, Pinkett-Smith states as follows.
“Is it time that people of colour recognise how much power, influence that we have amassed, that we no longer need to ask to be invited anywhere. Have we now come to a new time and place where we recognise that we can no longer beg for the love, acknowledgement or respect of any group?
“That maybe it’s time that we recognise that if we love and respect and acknowledge ourselves in the way in which we are asking others to do, then that is the place of true power.”
She continued, “Maybe it is time we pull back our resources and we put them back into our communities, into our programs and we make programs for ourselves that acknowledge us in ways we see fit, that are just as good as the so-called mainstream ones.”
— XXL Magazine (@XXL) January 19, 2016
Director Spike Lee, who recently put out the film Chi-Raq, also sent out a message against the Oscars as well.
In a Facebook post, Lee wrote, “We cannot support it and mean no disrespect… but how is it possible for the second consecutive year, all 20 contenders under the actor category are white? And let’s not even get into the other branches. Forty white actors in two years and no flava [sic] at all. It is amazing how far sports and music have moved ahead of Hollywood and television.”
Although this is the second year in a row that minorities (specifically African Americans) failed to receive nominations in the acting categories, this is the first time in years that virtually almost all of the awards were whitewashed.
For example, last year, even though Selma was expected to pick up several nominations, the film still wound up being nominated for Best Picture, something that director Ryan Coogler did not see for his film Creed, even though actor Sylvester Stallone went on to receive a nomination for his portrayal of Rocky Balboa.
However, not everyone agreed with Pinkett-Smith and Lee. Most notably is the first actress that portrayed Aunt Vivian on Will Smith’s show The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. While the two have a notorious feud, which allegedly aided in the actress’ firing from the show, Janet Hubert said that Jada should let the Concussion actor speak for himself.
— EntertainmentTonight (@etnow) January 19, 2016
In a video, Hubert addressed Pinkett-Smith.
“First of all, Miss Thang, does your man not have a mouth of his own with which to speak? Out boys are being shot left and right, people are hungry, people are trying to pay bills and you [sic] talking about some motherf—ing actors and Oscars.”
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