It’s been hard to miss the drama surrounding the Academy Awards lately, given that there has been a lot of outrage surrounding the fact that there are zero non-white nominees in the acting categories.
As you probably know, several big names in Hollywood, including Will Smith, his wife Jada Pinkett Smit and Spike Lee have all said they will be boycotting the show. But, it isn’t stopping there.
Previously, Spike Lee said regarding the diversity issue: “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!!”
Sir Ian McKellen has spoken out on the issue, has pointed out that the Oscars also discriminate against LGBT people.
When speaking to Sky News, Sir Ian said that he feels empathy with Hollywood’s black stars as gay actors are still being treated differently.
“It’s not only black people who’ve been disregarded by the film industry,” he said. “It used to be women. It’s certainly gay people to this day.”
When speaking directly about he complaints raised on the lack of diversity in the nominated actors for the Academy Awards, he said: “These are all legitimate complaints.”