Nonostante sia stato insignito di un Premio alla Carriera lo scorso novembre, il grande Spike Lee ha deciso di boicottare la prossima cerimonia degli Oscar prevista il 28 febbraio. Il motivo? La mancanza di candidati neri nelle categorie principali.

Lamenta l’autore in un comunicato diffuso su Instagram: «Com’è possibile che per il secondo anno consecutivo, tutti e 20 gli attori nominati siano bianchi? E non parliamo delle altre categorie. 40 attori bianchi in 2 anni e nessun afro! (..) Per troppi anni, ogni volta che le nomination agli Oscar vengono annunciate, i media mi telefonano per chiedermi che cosa penso della mancanza di candidati afroamericani. Stavolta, però, vorrei chiedere ai media di domandare a tutti i nominati e ai capi degli studio che cosa pensino loro di questi candidati totalmente bianchi».

Tra gli esclusi dalle cinquine di quest’anno, possiamo ricordare Idris Elba (Beasts of No Nation), Will Smith (Concussion), Samuel L. Jackson (The Hateful Eight) e Michael B. Jordan (Creed). Che gli studios hollywoodiani siano veramente razzisti e gli Academy Awards ingiusti? Nel dubbio, ecco intanto la lettera intera di Spike Lee:

#OscarsSoWhite… Again. I Would Like To Thank President Cheryl Boone Isaacs And The Board Of Governors Of The Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts And Sciences For Awarding Me an Honorary Oscar This Past November. I Am Most Appreciative. However My Wife, Mrs. Tonya Lewis Lee And I Will Not Be Attending The Oscar Ceremony This Coming February. We Cannot Support It And Mean No Disrespect To My Friends, Host Chris Rock and Producer Reggie Hudlin, President Isaacs And The Academy. But, How Is It Possible For The 2nd Consecutive Year All 20 Contenders Under The Actor Category Are White? And Let's Not Even Get Into The Other Branches. 40 White Actors In 2 Years And No Flava At All. We Can't Act?! WTF!! It's No Coincidence I'm Writing This As We Celebrate The 30th Anniversary Of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's Birthday. 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". For Too Many Years When The Oscars 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. As I See It, The Academy Awards Is Not Where The "Real" Battle Is. It's In The Executive Office Of The Hollywood Studios And TV And Cable Networks. This Is Where The Gate Keepers Decide What Gets Made And What Gets Jettisoned To "Turnaround" Or Scrap Heap. This Is What's Important. The Gate Keepers. Those With "The Green Light" Vote. As The Great Actor Leslie Odom Jr. Sings And Dances In The Game Changing Broadway Musical HAMILTON, "I WANNA BE IN THE ROOM WHERE IT HAPPENS". People, The Truth Is We Ain't In Those Rooms And Until Minorities Are, The Oscar Nominees Will Remain Lilly White. (Cont'd)

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