UPDATE 1/18/16: Jada Pinkett-Smith shared a two-minute video with her Facebook followers early Monday, insisting that it's time to "stand in our power" by making these injustices known. "It is time that people of color recognize how much power and influence that we have amassed, that we no longer need to ask to be invited anywhere," Jada said. "We can no longer beg for the love, acknowledgement, or respect of any group."
See original story from 1/16/16 below.
The Oscars are too white for Jada Pinkett-Smith. The actress is considering boycotting the 2016 Academy Awards after the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences opted to nominate all white actors for its major acting categories, including Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor.
On Saturday, the Gotham alum called the academy out for snubbing deserving Black actors, including her husband, Will Smith. Smith was considered a shoo-in for a nomination for his portrayal of Dr. Bennet Omalu in Concussion.
“At the Oscars…people of color are always welcomed to give out awards...even entertain, but we are rarely recognized for our artistic accomplishments,” the Magic Mike XXL star said in a series of tweets. “Should people of color refrain from participating all together? People can only treat us in the way in which we allow. With much respect in the midst of deep disappointment.”
Pinkett-Smith joins a chorus of people, including the Academy’s president Cheryl Boone Isaacs, who are disappointed in this year’s nominations.
“I hope this isn't discouraging for anybody, and for filmmakers in particular,” Isaacs told Entertainment Tonight. “You just keep moving along. We're going to keep pushing it.”