Straight Outta Compton star O’Shea Jackson Jr. made it known he will not be boycotting the Oscars this year.
While at the Critics Choice Awards, the star told E! News reporter Marc Malkin, “The voters, they’re entitled to their own opinions, just like you and I.”
He continued, “That doesn’t mean Straight Outta Compton is not being celebrated. We are still up for an award for original screenplay and I will be there to represent Straight Outta Compton.”
Boycott the Oscars began with the #Oscarssowhite movement and started to gain more traction when Jada Pinkett-Smith and Spike Lee made it publicly known they would not be attending the program this year because of the lack of diversity in the nominations.
Coincidentally, when celebrities mentioned names of actors who should’ve been nominated, O’Shea’s name came up very frequently.
O’Shea went on to add, “Just back to the drawing board. They’ll be there for years to come and let’s make sure we are, too.”
The #Oscarssowhite movement has become so big that the Academy president chimed in with her thoughts on this year’s nominations.
She said, “This isn’t unprecedented for the Academy. In the ’60s and ’70s, it was about recruiting younger members to stay vital and relevant. In 2016, the mandate is inclusion in all of its facets: gender, race, ethnicity and sexual orientation. We recognize the very real concerns of our community, and I so appreciate all of you who have reached out to me in our effort to move forward together.”
We hope that due to all the controversy involving the Oscars this year, people in the industry will get the memo and make movies more diverse.
SOURCE: E! News | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty