Dear White Actors: Please Stop Trying To Whitesplain The Oscars Boycott

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The Academy Awards have experienced a tumultuous week following the nomination reveal last Thursday (Jan. 14), in which all 20 of the acting nominees were white. In many ways, it’s been a good kind of tumultuous, since the lack of diversity in the acting categories (for the second straight year, it’s worth noting) begs for some sort of amendment to the selection. Spike Lee, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith have all boycotted the upcoming Oscars ceremony due to the all-white nominations. Some, like Furious 7 star Tyrese, have called for Chris Rock to step down as host. 

Whether or not you agree with the boycott, it’s undeniable that the movement has provoked a conversation that has needed to occur; it’s also sparking real change, as demonstrated by the words and actions of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “The Academy is going to lead and not wait for the industry to catch up,” Isaacs wrote on Friday (Jan. 22), in a memo in which the Academy promised to doubling the number of “women and diverse members” by 2020.

So, great! The “sweeping series of substantive changes” the Academy are committed to have needed to happen for a while! You know what hasn’t need to happen for a while? White actors trying to offer their own defensive, dismissive or just downright racist spin on a movement that doesn’t need their input!

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