Will Smith ‘pleased’ with Academy response to diversity controversy


If you missed Jada and Will Smith boycotting Oscars click Here to read. Not too long ago the Academy responds to the backlash.

Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, released a statement on Tuesday, January 19, a day after Jada Pinkett SmithandSpike Lee announced their decision to boycott the 2016 Oscars due to the lack of diversity on this year’s nominees list.

“I’d like to acknowledge the wonderful work of this year’s nominees,” Isaacs shared in her statement to Us Weekly.“While we celebrate their extraordinary achievements, I am both heartbroken and frustrated about the lack of inclusion. This is a difficult but important conversation, and it’s time for big changes. The Academy is taking dramatic steps to alter the makeup of our membership. In the coming days and weeks we will conduct a review of our membership recruitment in order to bring about much-needed diversity in our 2016 class and beyond.”

Will Smith reacts to the news.

But speaking to the BBC on Friday, the Concussion star made clear that the issue goes much deeper than who wins an award.

“This is far beyond me. This has nothing to do with me. This has nothing to do with awards,” Smith said. “Awards are a really frivolous reason for me to put my hand up and make a statement. For me, this is much more about the idea of diversity and inclusion.”


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