Oscars Criticized For Lack Of Diversity Of “In Memoriam” Segment
The confetti has dropped, the statues are given out, and Leonardo Decaprio can finally use the trophy case he built twenty years ago.
However, joy was not felt throughout on Oscar Sunday. Partway through the evening, in a particularly rare instance, social media was a hotbed of outrage. As the In Memoriam reel rolled, many online socialites saw something they thought may be a problem that possibly should be commented on.
Immediately, social media areas such as Facebook, Twitter, and Overstock.com message boards were addressing the complete lack of diversity in the memorial section of the event.
“Wow. Can’t believe the total lack of variety in this section”, a blogger commented. “Didn’t the Oscars make sure some people of color passed away this year? Shameful.”
President of the Academy Awards Cheryl Boone addressed these issues immediately.
“We want to make sure that our Hollywood mortuaries aren’t simply relegated to one type of person. However, we can work to change this by the next awards ceremony. It’s our duty to make sure more diverse people pass away within the next year.”
With the hastag #GraveyardsSoWhite trending immediately, it looks like social change will be the talk of Hollywood for another hour or so.
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