Rev. Al Sharpton Calls Meeting To Address Lack Of Black Oscar Nominations
The good Rev. to the rescue…
Reverend Al Sharpton has said the Oscar nominations are ‘appallingly insulting’ and compared Hollywood to the Rocky Mountains, saying the higher you get ‘the whiter it gets’.
Rev Sharpton has called for an emergency Hollywood meeting to discuss possible action around the Academy Awards, after no black actors or actresses received nominations.
He was due to meet allies and colleagues to discuss plans for before or during the February 22 ceremony.
He said David Oyelowo, whose performance as the late Reverend Martin Luther King, was launded, should have been nominated. So to should the movie’s director, Ava DuVernay.
The movie, called Selma, has been nominated in the Best Picture category.
Foxnews quoted the Reverend as saying: ‘In the time of Staten Island and Ferguson, to have one of the most shutout Oscar nights in recent memory is something that is incongruous.’
In a statement quoted by the Business Insider, Reverend Sharpton compared the movie industry to the Rocky Mountains.
He said: ‘The higher you get, the whiter it gets.’
Reverend Sharpton said: ‘It’s ironic that they nominated a story about the racial shut out around voting while there is a racial shut out around the Oscar nominations.
‘With all of the talent in Selma and other black movies this year, it is hard to believe that we have less diversity in the nominations today than in recent history.
Rev. Al Sharpton will lead us to freedom. Let him tell it…
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