The 6 Best Quotes On #OscarsSoWhite From People Of Color In The Industry
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Both 2015 and 2016 saw a hashtag emerge during the Oscars that had little to do with films and everything to do with representation. #OscarsSoWhite captured the frustration the general public — as well as those in the film industry — felt when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the 2016 Oscar nominees, and, for the second year in a row, all of them were white. It led an uncomfortable Neil Patrick Harris, who hosted the 2015 awards, to joke, "Tonight we celebrate Hollywood’s best and whitest — sorry, brightest," while Chris Rock called the 2016 ceremony he hosted, "The white BET Awards." But recently, The New York Times caught up with actors and actresses personally affected by Hollywood's lack of diversity, showcasing what #OscarsSoWhite means on a day-to-day basis for them. Here are a few of the best quotes on #OscarsSoWhite from actors who feel the effects of exclusion in the industry.
Actor and comedian Ken Jeong is best known for creating, producing, and starring in his show Dr. Ken, along with his role as Ben Chang in Community. He told The New York Times:
The star of Ugly Betty and producer of Superstore got a hefty dose of prejudice at an early start in Hollywood, saying,
Eva Longoria, who starred in Desperate Housewives and Telenovela, experienced being typecast as Latina, but was told at times that she wasn't Latina enough:
Crushing it on Suits after a successful run with The Wire, Pierce talked about the ignorance that's often seen in Hollywood when it comes to race.
Queen Latifah (who really needs no introduction) talked about Hollywood's body shaming:
Mindy Kaling, who won our hearts with The Office and The Mindy Project, often speaks out about her experience as a woman in the industry. She told the Times:
Things are looking up for better representation in Hollywood, though — or at least it seems that way. After the immense amount of backlash that the Academy received for two years in a row of all-white Oscar nominees, the president said it plans to double the amount of women and minority members in the Academy by 2020. Obviously, many more changes will be needed within Hollywood — but having strong, successful people in the film industry talk about their early (and ongoing!) challenges is a fantastic way to encourage fresh faces to push their way into the industry.