Nick Cannon Wrote a Poem About the Oscars

Nick Cannon Wrote a Poem About the Oscars

Plus, an Academy member says, "We are a bunch of racists."

Published January 25th

Nick Cannon is weighing in on #OscarsSoWhite in a very unique way — through spoken word. The actor penned a poem about the outrage over the lack of diversity in this year's nominations, calling out the boycotters for putting too much importance on an awards show when there are real problems in the world.

In the black-and-white clip, Cannon starts by explaining that the piece was "not another trophy rant." 

"Look what they did to Oscar," he says. "I'm talking Oscar Grant, Sandra Bland, Mike Brown, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray. Why we trust what the news say anyway? It's blasphemous, don't get distracted by these lottery tickets and statues." 

He continues, calling that coveted statuette "just fake gold and plastic" and commenting on the Academy's lack of diversity with, "We crying for votes but how many of us is on the board." The answer to Nick's question, BTW, is just one — Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs is the only person of color on the 51-person board.

"Hollywood mainstream don't validate me, yo," Cannon concludes. "… You in this show for the business or this business for the show?" 

Watch the impressive piece in full below:

#SpokenSunday #Oscar #poetry #DontBeDistracted OscarDamn! Look what they did to Oscar.Nah, not another trophy rant.I'm talking Oscar Grant, Sandra Bland, Mike Brown, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray.Why we trust what the news say anyway?It's blasphemous, don't get distracted by these lottery tickets and statues. It's just fake gold and plastic.We come from Pharaohs with no masters.What happened? We went from golden tombs to closed caskets.The Black Plague, they want us to catch it.Just ask Magic, Malcolm, Martin, Muhammad Ali, Bill Cosby. It's tragic. How the enemy can tear down our community and rewrite the history by highlighting our flaws.But let he who cast the first stone, who constitutes the new laws.Nah, I ain't never seen Empire but I serve my own throne.What I look like begging them to let royalty into they home.As for me and my house, we'll serve the Lord!We crying for votes but how many of us is on the board.Better yet, when's the last time you showed up and supported the NAACP Awards?I want what's mine, not yours.Fuck getting my foot in.I'm building my own doors.Hollywood mainstream don't validate me, yo. Like Hov say, Save the accolades, just the doe.You in this show for the business, or this business for the show?Talent and brilliance? Hands down, man we got that shit. That's why I told Chris, man go 'head and rock that shit.You got the Juice now. Fight the Power.Hell yeah, I'm gonna watch that ceremony where they gonna let a black man be the Master for at least two hours. So don't waste your voice, don't waste your prayers.Save'em for the thousands killed in Nigeria, Kenya, The Philippines, Syria or right here in our urban areas.Low America.Nah, now no one cares.What about my mother raising a son while working three jobs and still equating to less than minimum wage?What about me being placed on medication before my system could age?What about that prison industrial system turning Brothers into new slaves?Where's the outrage? Where the complaints at?Overcoming obstacles, definition of Black.Hashtag #facts.But I guess they don't make no awards for that.Real talk.Real Kings don't need no pats on the back.#Dontbedistracted

Posted by Nick Cannon on Sunday, January 24, 2016

Meanwhile, more Hollywood insiders are weighing in on the controversy. Danny DeVito, veteran actor and a member of the Academy, put his community on blast by calling the whole system racist.

“It’s unfortunate that the entire country is racist,” the actor told the Associated Press at the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday. “This is one example of the fact that even though some people have given great performances in movies, they weren’t even thought about.”

He continued, “We are living in a country that discriminates and has certain racist tendencies, so sometimes it manifests itself something like this, and it’s illuminated. But just generally speaking, we’re racists. We are a bunch of racists.”

Steve McQueen, who was the first Black filmmaker to win Best Director (for 12 Years a Slave) added his two cents: "I’m hoping in 12 months or so we can look back and say this was a watershed moment, and thank God we put that right,” he said.

These guys are joining a growing number of Hollywood insiders to speak out about #OscarsSoWhite. Catch up with what others have to say with BET Breaks below:

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Written by Evelyn Diaz

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