Comedian Nick Cannon Shares A Poem Statement About The Oscars
|Comedian Nick Cannon Shares Poem Statement About The Oscars|
Celebrities like Spike Lee and Will Smith have announced they will not attend this year’s ceremony, and the Academy announced steps to increase diversity in its membership.
Nick Cannon is weighing in on #OscarsSoWhite in a very unique way — through spoken word.
The actor penned a poem about the outrage over the lack of diversity in this year's nominations, calling out the boycotters for putting too much importance on an awards show when there are real problems in the world.
"Look what they did to Oscar," he says. "I'm talking Oscar Grant, Sandra Bland, Mike Brown, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray. Why we trust what the news say anyway? It's blasphemous, don't get distracted by these lottery tickets and statues."
He continues, calling that coveted statuette "just fake gold and plastic" and commenting on the Academy's lack of diversity with, "We crying for votes but how many of us is on the board." The answer to Nick's question, BTW, is just one — Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs is the only person of color on the 51-person board.
"Hollywood mainstream don't validate me, yo," Cannon concludes. "… You in this show for the business or this business for the show?"