Not being one to shy away from the limelight, President Obama gave his two-cents on the “racist” Oscars controversy.
During an interview with KABC Wednesday, Obama was asked to weigh-in on the “push to make the Oscars more inclusive.”
“I think that California is an example of the incredible diversity in this country. That’s a strength,” Obama said.
“When everybody’s story is told, that makes for better art, that makes for better entertainment, it makes everybody feel part of one American family.”
Obama’s wing-woman, Valerie Jarrett, also weighed-in and said “diversity” and “inclusion” is something everybody should be working on.
“As a whole, the industry should do what other industries should do, which is to look for talent and provide opportunity for everybody,” he said. “I think the Oscar debate is really just an expression of this broader issue of are we making sure that everybody is getting a fair shot?”
Who are they fooling? By its very nature, to become an Oscar winner is to become a part of an exclusive club. That’s what the Oscars is all about – singling out and rewarding the best talent.
Black actors Jada Pinkett Smith and husband Will Smith, wouldn’t have become international celebrities and multi-millionaires if Hollywood – and America – was racist as a whole. Their enormous success bloomed within America’s “inclusiveness.”
Yet, the two have set out to water-down what winning an Oscar means by leading the charge of an #OscarsSoWhite boycott, demanding Hollywood abandon its long time practice of nominating talent, and replace it with skin color.
To add insult to injury, they think of it as “progress.”
Watch Obama’s interview with KABC below:
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