Yahoo: Sharpton To Address "Appalling" All-White Oscar Nominees


Originally posted at Yahoo! Finance.

The Rev. Al Sharpton was left fuming mad after the Oscars revealed its all-white list of nominees for this year’s Oscar awards on Thursday.

“The movie industry is like the Rocky Mountains, the higher you get, the whiter it gets,” Sharpton quipped in a statement released later in the afternoon.

Sharpton, a critic of the lack of diversity in Hollywood, also announced he was holding an “emergency meeting” next week to address the issue.

“I have called an emergency meeting early next week in Hollywood with the task force to discuss possible action around the Academy Awards,” he said.

The prestigious awards ceremony was widely criticized after its nominees for best actor, best actress, and best director were all white. In the past two decades this has happened only one other time, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Sharpton praised the Oscars for nominating the civil-rights film Selma for best picture, but said it was “ironic” because the film is based on Dr. Martin Luther King’s marches.

Said Sharpton: “The lack of diversity in today’s Oscar nominations is appalling and while it is good that Selma was nominated for ‘Best Picture,’ it’s ironic that they nominated a story about the racial shutout around voting while there is a racial shutout around the Oscar nominations. With all of the talent in Selma and other Black movies this year, it is hard to believe that we have less diversity in the nominations today than in recent history.”

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  • Leonard Lee says:

    January 17, 2015 at 2:29 AM

    America is fantastic. You did a great job. Good luck getting our Communist school system to show it. Don’t believe it fits their agenda.

  • Martha Sumner says:

    January 17, 2015 at 3:00 AM

    Until a.s. sees himself as an American, pro-American, American citizen, patriot, etc, instead of a black man he’s just a man with black skin, which obviously is how he sees himself. Would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to see Americans with black skin rise up against him. Have no clue what they’re waiting for… Oh wait…it’s the free stuff (want some candy little girl?)

    • Sean the Conserve says:

      January 17, 2015 at 8:39 PM

      Martha, unfortunately, I have to agree with you 100%. It pains me to acknowledge it 🙁

  • ROSE says:

    January 17, 2015 at 7:35 AM

    Al you are the wooden spoon who just stirs the pot. Get a real life and pay your taxes like the rest of us Americans. Just because you are black does not make you special. I’m far from racist. I just can’t stand naive people like you!!!! Dude you owe over 5 million dollars in back taxes now pay up chump!!! Your mouth is bigger than your bite.

  • Beth says:

    January 17, 2015 at 8:27 AM

    Has anyone mentioned the BET Awardsvor Ms Black America? Give me a break already. Al your mother never showed you how to play in the sandbox with others, or you were never picked to be on anyones team at recess. Grow up stop trying to make black and white issues

  • Ginger Jones says:

    January 17, 2015 at 8:46 AM

    Love to get your info!

  • Tim Hefner says:

    January 17, 2015 at 9:35 AM

    Al Race Baiter Sharpton, If the Oscar nominations are too white then the NBA is too Black

  • Nora says:

    January 17, 2015 at 10:59 AM

    I suppose in reference to the mountains getting whiter the higher you……Is he going to call an emergency meeting about that too? Sue Mother Nature for making it white at the top of the mountain? The man serio9usly needs to get a grip.

  • Joe Bart says:

    January 17, 2015 at 11:05 AM

    shut up and go pay your taxes loser.

  • Brian hart says:

    January 17, 2015 at 12:23 PM

    This moron. How can anyone take him seriously. He is such a joke, and he knows he has no grounds for his racist bull.

  • Jane doe says:

    January 17, 2015 at 1:08 PM

  • Dave says:

    January 17, 2015 at 1:14 PM

    Maybe there was no one good enough to be nominated!!!!! Did that even cross your mind?…I didn’t think so…….<r

  • Giselle says:

    January 17, 2015 at 2:58 PM

    I am sure there is a plethora of people of different ethnicities who compile the Awards nominating committees and we suppose they are undeniably more qualified that Mr. Sharpton. Therefore I can only assume he is seeking attention and looking to plant mischief on a very fertile ground. If he succeeds in changing this through racial pressure, then he just ensures that every award received previously had nothing to do with talent and everything to do with the colour of their skin. Well done Reverend, now one has to wonder what qualifications are necessary to attain the exhaulted “Reverend” title…….

  • Vicky says:

    January 17, 2015 at 3:24 PM

    He is a pathetic joke. He is the biggest racist alive! The moron needs to realize we are Americans! He needs to focus on paying his taxes rather than stirring up trouble trying to keep racism alive!

  • Carol J says:

    January 17, 2015 at 3:35 PM

    He needs to just shut his face. He creates more problems than he solves. Not everything in this world can be labeled ‘racist’ — he gives all Black Americans a bad name… shame on him.

  • weaselhater says:

    January 17, 2015 at 4:51 PM

    Why is it that a good man like Martin Luther King Jr. gets murdered for trying to bring about equality, but this racebaiter pos who cries about everything is still walking around. Wtf isn’t his sorry black tax evading ass not in prison or at the very least gettin the m.c. hammer treatment. Wesley snipes didn’t pay his taxes, went to prison. Hammer didn’t pay his and when he tried to go home the irs said “can’t touch this”. This idiot preaches hate, he gets dinner in the house that the people he preaches to hate pays for. It’s a bunch of bull. It’s America’s house Obama and we don’t want trash like him in it.

    • Linda says:

      January 19, 2015 at 1:17 AM

      We need to call an emergency meeting to protest the all black BET awards, just like Sharpton ‘s meeting!!

  • Queenlzzrd says:

    January 17, 2015 at 6:55 PM

    I think it’s racist that they cast a black person as Martin Luther King Jr. Lop

    • Queenlzzrd says:

      January 17, 2015 at 6:57 PM

      LOL (not Lop!)

  • Junkyard says:

    January 17, 2015 at 8:32 PM

    Would someone please fix a pot hole in the road with this POS

  • Bruce Flanders says:

    January 19, 2015 at 2:24 PM

    Between Al and Jesse we haven’t had race baters as bitter to be in the spot light. Even Oparh in Malcom
    played a decent actress. Racism will stop when people of all color act civilized and caring for one another. On the other hand some people cannot be civilized and continue to constantly repeat their criminal behavior so I fault the Justice System for NOT having more executions and Jail is max. 5 years if you cannot learn to be civilized in 5 years then death by gun shot to the head. Crime will come to a stand still, Rioting because you have time on unemployment will stop. People will respect one another or suffer the ultimate consequence.