Thankfully, the backlash sparked a response from the Academy saying they will double the number of women and “diverse” members by 2020.
While Whoopi Goldberg already talked about the issue on The View last week, the 60-year-old actress talked a bit about the Academy’s recent response on her show yesterday, as well as claims of them being “racist.”
“The issue is not the Academy. Even if you fill the Academy with black and Latino and Asian members, if there’s no one on the screen to vote for, you’re not going to get the outcome that you want.”
Whoopi even stated:
“I won once. So it can’t be that racist.”
The EGOT winner went on to explain:
“You need directors and producers who will say, ├óΓé¼╦£Hey, what about so and so?’ They need to be aware that the picture is not complete. 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.”
Well apparently the Academy wants you to know it is still hearing the backlash and wants to clarify a few things. The managing director of membership Lorenza Munoz posted some answers to frequently asked questions on their website in regards to the changes they’re making.
In response to claims they are lowering the standards by changing the qualifications for membership, Lorenza stated:
We are not lowering any standards, we’re widening our net.
All of these are substantive changes that will open up our governance to a wider range of members and have a significant and positive impact on the Academy. The result will be a membership that is more inclusive of the motion picture community, governance that is more representative of our membership, and a stronger Academy overall.
Others have shown concern about the change in voting rights for aging members.
Munoz responded by explaining:
“These rules are not about age. In fact, under the new rules many veteran Academy members will retain voting privileges…
Working in the last ten years is one way to ensure you have voting privileges. Another way is to have been nominated for an Oscar. And a third way is to show that since you were admitted as a member you’ve worked in motion pictures during three ten-year periods. This means that the longer your career, the more likely you’ll qualify for voting.”
Though it’s ridiculous that any of this has happened in the first place, we definitely like the quick response from the Academy and hope things continue in the right direction towards a more accepting and tolerant world.
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