In this March 2, 2014 file photo, an Oscar statue is displayed at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Since the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and
Sciences said that it was altering membership rules in response to an outcry over the diversity of its voters and of its nominees, another uproar has erupted around Hollywood. Many academy members are protesting that the new measures unjustly scapegoat older academy members and imply they’re racist. (Matt Sayles, Invision/AP File)
It is undoubtedly commendable not to attend the grandiose event that is the Oscars, but a simple boycott of the ceremony is not enough. To only boycott the Oscars because of their blatant disregard for equity would absolve the major film studios of their prominent role in the matter and would be akin to putting a Band-Aid on a limb that needs to be amputated. Hollywood has a much-maligned history of white-washing in their films and denying opportunities to non-white participants. The lack of minority faces on the Oscar nomination list is symptomatic of the often racist and sexist institution it is in cahoots with, which is Hollywood. The animus aimed at the academy is misplaced. If Warner Bros. or Paramount Pictures and the like practiced more inclusivity, then the Oscars would follow suit.
Tate Williams, Denver
This letter was published in the Feb. 10 edition.
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