HEY, SHARPTON: BLACK Female President of the Academy Says There Isn’t an All-White Diversity Problem

Published on January 17, 2015

Sharpton is running out of things to label ‘racist’.

Hours after reading the Oscar nominations yesterday, Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs addressed the criticism about the whiteness of the acting nominees and insisted that Hollywood does not have a problem with diversity. Boone Isaacs herself is the first black president of the Academy, and she struck an optimistic tone about diversity in the movie business.

When asked by Vulture if the Academy has a diversity issue, Boone Isaacs said, “Not at all.” Most of the complaints about diversity yesterday were about how the critically-acclaimed civil rights film Selma was snubbed in categories it was considered a lock for.

“The good news,” Boone Isaacs said, “is that the wealth of talent is there, and it’s being discussed, and it’s helpful so much for talent — whether in front of the camera or behind the camera — to have this recognition, to have this period of time where there is a lot of publicity, a lot of chitter-chatter.”

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