It seems like the #OscarsSoWhite debacle shows no signs of losing steam anytime soon. After the Internet tore apart the nominee announcement, it took celebrities little to no time to chime in on the controversy. Jada Pinkett Smith stepped up to the plate to vocalize her concern with the lack of diversity and publicly announced that she would be boycotting the Academy Awards through her Facebook video post. After she expressed her position on the matter at hand, other stars flocked to do the same. While some were just as passionate to nix the award show, other celebs thought that they were overreacting. 

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This time Whoopi Goldberg articulated that she was also upset by this happening, but is still infuriated that there's a boycott behind it. Goldberg stated, "You wanna boycott something? Don't go see the movies that don't have your representation. That's the boycott you want. To me, we have this conversation every year. It pisses me off." It's clear that people are very passionate about the matter and are voicing their opinions publicly, no matter the backlash they may receive. As the conversation continues to happen, we've rounded up seven other celebs that have stepped up about their thoughts on this topic. 

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1

Lupita Nyong'o

Lupita Nyong'o shared her thoughts on the matter via her Instagram account. She was honest, eloquent, and straight to the point with the delivery of her message. 

2

George Clooney

Variety reached out to one of Hollywood's golden boys, George Clooney, to gain his perspective on the matter. He did not hesitate to say

"If you think back 10 years ago, the Academy was doing a better job. Think about how many more African Americans were nominated. I would also make the argument, I don’t think it’s a problem of who you’re picking as much as it is: How many options are available to minorities in film, particularly in quality films?"

He went on to dive deeper into the films and actors of color that were snubbed and finished off with a powerful message: "By the way, we’re talking about African Americans. For Hispanics, it’s even worse. We need to get better at this. We used to be better at it."

3

Spike Lee

#OscarsSoWhite... Again. I Would Like To Thank President Cheryl Boone Isaacs And The Board Of Governors Of The Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts And Sciences For Awarding Me an Honorary Oscar This Past November. I Am Most Appreciative. However My Wife, Mrs. Tonya Lewis Lee And I Will Not Be Attending The Oscar Ceremony This Coming February. We Cannot Support It And Mean No Disrespect To My Friends, Host Chris Rock and Producer Reggie Hudlin, President Isaacs And The Academy. But, How Is It Possible For The 2nd Consecutive Year All 20 Contenders Under The Actor Category Are White? And Let's Not Even Get Into The Other Branches. 40 White Actors In 2 Years And No Flava At All. We Can't Act?! WTF!! It's No Coincidence I'm Writing This As We Celebrate The 30th Anniversary Of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's Birthday. Dr. King Said "There Comes A Time When One Must Take A Position That Is Neither Safe, Nor Politic, Nor Popular But He Must Take It Because Conscience Tells Him It's Right". For Too Many Years When The Oscars Nominations Are Revealed, My Office Phone Rings Off The Hook With The Media Asking Me My Opinion About The Lack Of African-Americans And This Year Was No Different. For Once, (Maybe) I Would Like The Media To Ask All The White Nominees And Studio Heads How They Feel About Another All White Ballot. If Someone Has Addressed This And I Missed It Then I Stand Mistaken. As I See It, The Academy Awards Is Not Where The "Real" Battle Is. It's In The Executive Office Of The Hollywood Studios And TV And Cable Networks. This Is Where The Gate Keepers Decide What Gets Made And What Gets Jettisoned To "Turnaround" Or Scrap Heap. This Is What's Important. The Gate Keepers. Those With "The Green Light" Vote. As The Great Actor Leslie Odom Jr. Sings And Dances In The Game Changing Broadway Musical HAMILTON, "I WANNA BE IN THE ROOM WHERE IT HAPPENS". People, The Truth Is We Ain't In Those Rooms And Until Minorities Are, The Oscar Nominees Will Remain Lilly White. (Cont'd)

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Director Spike Lee simply "cannot support" the show and will not be attending, as he vocalized on his Instagram accompanying a photo of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


4

Snoop Dogg

Fuck da. Oscars

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Snoop Dogg held nothing back in a video where he passionately explained why he wasn't going to watch the award show this year. 

5

David Oyelowo

Most notable for his role as Martin Luther King, Jr. in the movie Selma, actor David Oyelowo spoke at the King Legacy Awards to honor Academy Awards president Cheryl Boone Isaacs. During his speech he emphasized that he is a part of the Academy and it doesn't reflect him. He went on to say, "For 20 opportunities to celebrate actors of color, actresses of color, to be missed last year is one thing; for that to happen again this year is unforgivable."

6

Idris Elba

Actor Idris Elba spoke with the U.K. parliament about the entertainment industry and its serious lack of diversity. Elba linked out the entire transcription of his speech via his Twitter account.

"We need to count up what everybody has, see the lay of the land, see who has which careers in TV, who makes TV, who’s allowed on TV. You have to ask the question, ‘Are black people always playing petty criminals? Are women always the love interest or always talking about men? Are gay people always stereotyped? Are disabled people ever seen at all?’”

7

Will Packer

The mastermind and producer behind Straight Outta'Compton, Will Packer penned a long and commanding letter to the Academy on his Facebook page. He notes that the problem goes far beyond the awards and starts at the beginning stages of filmmaking.

"One thing I will say, is that The Academy's voting record is only part of the issue. These films/performances and the scripts that drive them often go into development YEARS before they are released and thus in Oscar contention. We need more content produced by, written by, directed by and featuring filmmakers and actors of color being given the greenlight. We need them to start moving forward this year so in 2019 there are quality projects in contention!"