Charlotte Rampling is making headlines for calling the Oscar diversity outcry ‘racist to whites’ because she’s nominated for best actress and can’t see the bigger picture.
While folks such as Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, Spike Lee, Tyrese Gibson and more are boycotting because they get that the lack of diversity is an issue — and even Academy Award nominee Mark Ruffalo calling out white privilege, Rampling continues to miss the point.
The Oscar Ban movement reflects a larger discussion about racism in the criminal justice system.
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) January 21, 2016
Rampling, however, doesn’t think that the need for diversity is a thing. In fact, the screen icon has gone as far as saying that the campaign to boycott the event is racist in of itself, on a French radio station Europe 1.
The 69-year-old actress offered her
super qualified opinion Friday morning and doesn’t think it’s odd that 20 all white Oscar nominees this year may be speaking to a bigger issue.
“It is racist to whites,” the actress nominated for 45 Years said according to The Guardian translation, “One can never know, but perhaps the black actors did not deserve to make the final list.”
Her narrow-minded perspective on the ceremony is shameful but we need to talk about the accusation of the boycott being racist to whites. In America, this is a near impossibility as racism is about privilege and power and we all know who is heading all the systems, institutions and the Academy Awards. Of course, Rampling is an Academy member.
We don’t doubt she probably thinks the myth of ‘reverse racism’ is also a real thing. Rampling has also talked about the need for women to be put in better places, talked about being brought up in one of the stages of feminism — but clearly doesn’t get the need for intersectionality. Of course, most white feminists don’t.
At least the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag is continuing to trend. Here’s hoping that more folks understand the actual issue and don’t ignore it. Diversity and representation is so important and at least the rest of the world is starting to get that.
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