Straight Outta Compton Producer Puts the Academy On Blast

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 09:  Executive producer Will Packer speaks onstage during ABC's Uncle Buck panel as part of the ABC Networks portion of the 2016 Television Critics Association Winter Tour at Langham Hotel on January 9, 2016 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Straight Outta Compton Producer Puts the Academy On Blast

Will Packer calls the Oscar noms "embarrassing."

Published January 17, 2016

It seems like everybody is weighing in on #OscarsSoWhite, and the producer behind one of the only nominated Black films is joining the chorus of those putting the Academy Awards on blast. Will Packer, producer of Straight Outta Compton and dozens of other hit films, wrote an open letter to the Academy this weekend, calling the organization out for its systemic problems with diversity.

"To my ‪#‎OscarsSoWhite‬ folks who are angry at the absurd lack of diversity highlighted yet again by this year's Oscar noms. Trust me, I get it," he wrires. "To my Academy colleagues, WE HAVE TO DO BETTER [sic]. Period. The reason the rest of the world looks at us like we have no clue is because in 2016 it's a complete embarrassment to say that the heights of cinematic achievement have only been reached by white people. I repeat—it's embarrassing."

Packer joins Jada Pinkett Smith (whose husband Will Smith was among the snubbed this year), Reverend Al Sharpton and even this year's Oscars host Chris Rock in criticizing the Oscars, with Smith even proposing a boycott of the show.

Still, the super producer, who is behind this weekend's expected hit Ride Along 2, found a silver lining. "It's not lost on me that this very weekend the movie that just might supplant one of the highest grossing movies of all time for the #1 spot at the box office is a movie that has two stars, a director and a producer who happen to be black. Happy MLK Weekend everybody."

Read Packer's full post below:

I want to congratulate all of the Academy Award nominees. These people are quite deserving of being recognized as the...

Posted by Will Packer on Friday, January 15, 2016

Watch Packer talk about his incredible career at the BET Experience Genius Talks, below:

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Written by Evelyn Diaz


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