Al Sharpton Promises This Is the Last Year of #OscarsSoWhite

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 28:  Rev. Al Sharpton leads a rally before the Academy Awards ceremony at Hollywood High School on February 28, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)

Al Sharpton Promises This Is the Last Year of #OscarsSoWhite

The activist leads boycott of the Academy Awards.

Published February 28, 2016

While Chris Rock is on the stage at the Dolby Theater calling out #OscarsSoWhite as host of the Academy Awards, civil rights activist Al Sharpton is down the street holding a protest against the whitewashed awards show. Despite the fact that only about 70 people showed up to demonstrate in the rally, he spoke confidently about their ability to change the course of the Oscars.

During the demonstration, Sharpton addressed the Academy, saying, “You are out of time.” He also made some bold promises, adding, “We are not going to allow the Oscars to continue. This will be the last night of an all-white Oscars.”

The demonstrators gathered in a strip mall parking lot at Sunset and Highland and Sharpton promised an even bigger protest if the situation doesn’t change next year, saying the small protest this year would “build up thousands or lay in front of cars, stop people from coming. This is a notice, but it will escalate. They cannot keep acting as if this was 1950 America.”

Twitter is skeptical. Here are a few reactions to his protest:

At one point during the his speech, he held out a replica of the famous gold statuette that was painted white, saying, “That is who would win tonight.”

Catch up with Sharpton's plans for the protest with BET Breaks, below:

(Photo: Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)

Written by Evelyn Diaz


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