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Spike Lee Is Boycotting The Oscars Over Lack Of Diversity — See His Passionate MLK Day Message!

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Spike Lee announced Monday morning on his Instagram page that he is not going to be attending the Oscars in February, due to the lack of racial diversity among nominees in the acting categories at the awards show.

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Of course, Lee isn't the only one to comment about #OscarsSoWhite — actress Jada Pinkett Smith has recently pondered a boycott, and even the show's host, Chris Rock, has called out the Academy Awards for its whiteness.

But Lee's post went even further, writing specifically he was going to avoid the show due to the lack of diversity:

"We cannot support it and [I] mean no disrespect to my friends, host Chris Rock and producer Reggie Hudlin, president [Cheryl Boone] Isaacs and the Academy. But, how is it possible for the second consecutive year all 20 contenders under the acting category are white? And let's not even get into the other branches. Forty white actors in two years and no flava at all. We can't act?! WTF!!"

After revealing that he wouldn't be attending the show, Lee continued:

"People, the truth is we ain't in those rooms, and until minorities are, the Oscar nominees will remain lilly white. It's easier for an African-American to be President Of The United States than be president of a Hollywood studio."

Ch-ch-check out Lee's entire post — not coincidentally on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day — below:

#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)A photo posted by Spike Lee (@officialspikelee) on Jan 18, 2016 at 5:03am PST

Wow. Strong words…

What do YOU think of the boycott?

[Image via PNP/WENN.]

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