Reaching out via social media in different ways, the two both announced that they would be boycotting next month’s Oscar Awards for a lack of diversity among the nominees.
“Begging for acknowledgement or even asking diminishes dignity and diminishes power and we are a dignified people and we are powerful, let’s not forget it,” Smith said in a video to her Facebook followers. “So let’s let the Academy do them with all grace and love and let’s do us differently.”
Spike took to Instagram and posted a pic of Dr. King with a long caption of why he and his wife, Tonya, wouldn’t be attending the annual ceremony either.
"We Cannot Support It And Mean No Disrespect To My Friends, Host Chris Rock and Producer Reggie Hudlin, President Isaacs And The Academy," he wrote. "But, How Is It Possible For The 2nd Consecutive Year All 20 Contenders Under The Actor Category Are White? And Let's Not Even Get Into The Other Branches. 40 White Actors In 2 Years And No Flava At All. We Can't Act?! WTF!!"
The hashtag #OscarsSoWhite has been circulating since the list of nominations was released. No major nominees of color other than The Revenant director Alejandro González Iñárritu received a nod. Pinkett Smith’s husband Will Smith was up for a nomination for Concussion but didn’t receive one.
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