Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Telegraph: Trump Says All-White Oscars Nomination Doesn’t Matter–Because Black People Have the BET Awards - Not quite what he said, but a good point. --tma

Donald Trump has criticised the growing campaign to boycott this year’s Oscars over the Academy’s failure to nominate black actors, saying that African Americans have been nominated previously–and noting that they have their own awards.
Mr Trump said the lack of African Americans among the 20 nominees was a “tough situation.”
Jada Pinkett Smith, the actress, called for a boycott and director Spike Lee said he would not attend. Since then, Pinkett Smith has been joined by the Reverend Al Sharpton and documentary maker Michael Moore. Lupita Nyong’o, who won in February 2014, and two-time winner George Clooney both backed the campaign but stopped short of saying they would stay away.
But Mr Trump said he had been impressed by an earlier interview on Fox News in which someone said, “What do we do with BET, Black Entertainment? Right? So, there the whites don’t get any nominations.”
Mr Trump said he thought that was an “amazing interview actually” and that he had “never even thought of it from that standpoint.” ...