Jada Pinkett-Smith Talks #OscarsSoWhite on Martin Luther King Day (VIDEO)
After pondering whether or not to boycott the 2016 Oscars, actress Jada Pinkett-Smith has made her decision: she will not be attending.
Last week, the 44-year-old mother of two took to Twitter to openly discuss the lack of diversity seen in this year’s Oscar nominations. Jada’s husband, Will Smith, was thought to be in contention for his role in Concussion, however, no person of color was nominated in the major acting categories.
In this video posted on Martin Luther King Day, Jada continued her discussion on what has been deemed #OscarsSoWhite, and even posed the question on if it was time for people of color to acknowledge their own works instead of looking to the Academy for accolades.
“Maybe it’s time that we recognize that if we love and respect and acknowledge ourselves in the way in which we are asking others to do, then that is a place of true power,” she said.
“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,”Jada added. “So, let’s let the Academy do them with all grace and love and let’s do us, differently.”
The Magic Mike XXL star ended the video by saying she would not be attending or watching the ceremony this year, but she wished friend and Oscars 2016 host Chris Rock the best of luck.
Chris had his own response to #OscarsSoWhite and posted it to Instagram:
Actresses Gina Rodriguez, Niecey Nash, and Tracee Ellis Ross were all asked for their opinion on the boycott at last night’s Critics’ Choice Awards, and gave their responses in the clip below.
After Jada’s poignant message, it’ll be interesting to see the turn out to Hollywood’s biggest red carpet event of the year.
Watch the 2016 Academy Awards on Sunday, February 28 at 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC.