Earlier this morning, Monday, January 18, FILM Director/Producer SPIKE LEE took to his INSTAGRAM account to announce that he and his wife, Mrs. TONYA LEWIS LEE Will NOT Be ATTENDING The 2016 OSCARS CEREMONY!!!
In his statement SPIKE LEE said that he intends no disrespect towards the 2016 Host CHRIS ROCK, Producer REGINALD HUDLIN, or ACADEMY Of MOTION PICTURES ARTS And SCIENCES President CHERYL BOONE ISAACS:
“We cannot support it and [I] mean no disrespect to my friends, host Chris Rock and producer Reggie Hudlin, president [Cheryl Boone] Isaacs and the Academy,” Lee wrote. “But, how is it possible for the second consecutive year all 20 contenders under the acting category are white? And let’s not even get into the other branches. Forty white actors in two years and no flava at all. We can’t act?! WTF!!”He evn quoted fellow MOREHOUSE COLLEGE Alum, the Rev. Dr. MARTIN LUTHER KING Jr.:
“Dr. King said, ‘There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it’s right,’”SPIKE continues;
“For too many years, when the Oscar nominations are revealed, my office phone rings off the hook with the media asking me my opinion about the lack of African-Americans and this year was no different. For once (maybe), I would like the media to ask all the white nominees and studio heads how they feel about another all-white ballot. If someone has addressed this and I missed it then I stand mistaken.”At the Governors Awards in November, Lee made similar comments, and noted how U.S. census date showed that by 2043, “white Americans are going to be a minority in this country.”