Spike Lee Talks Diversity In Hollywood While Accepting Oscar
Spike Lee put a room full of Hollywood execs on blast while accepting an honorary Oscar from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences last night. When Denzel Washington, Samuel L. Jackson and Wesley Snipes presented Spike with his award, he took the opportunity to charge up the studio heads and producers in the audience on their apparent refusal to hire people of color.
“Everybody in here probably voted for Obama but when I go to offices, I see no black folks except for the brother man at the security who checks my name off the list as I go into the studio,” the director said last night while receiving an honorary Oscar at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ seventh annual Governors Awards. “So we can talk ‘yabba yabba yabba’ but we need to have some serious discussion about diversity and get some flavor up in this. This industry is so behind sports it’s ridiculous.”
“It’s easier to be the president of the United States as a black person than be the head of a studio,” he continued. “Honestly, it’s easier to be president of the United States than the head of a studio or head of network.”
“I don’t know if you noticed but the United States census bureau says by the year 2043, white Americans are going to be the minority in this country,” he said. “And all you people out there in the position of hiring, you better get smart because you’ll work for us. Reflect what this country looks like.”
Welp. When he’s right he’s right.