O’Shea Jackson Jr has spoken out about his opinions on the lack of racial diversity at the Oscar Awards:
“Just back to the drawing board, they’ll be there for years to come and let’s make sure we are, too.”
On Monday we reported that Straight Outta Compton’s executive producer, Will Packer was upset about the lack of black actors and producers being nominated for any awards in this year’s upcoming Oscars, therefore it comes as no surprise that one of the lead roles as part of the film have now had their input.
This news comes after some black entertainers announced that they will be boycotting the Oscars event this year, however Jackson Jr. has confirmed that he will be attending the ceremony on the 28th February 2016, yet there has been no mention on whether or not Will Packer will be joining the rest of the crew and cast.
“The voters, they’re entitled to their own opinions, just like you and I. That doesn’t mean Straight Outta Compton is not being celebrated,”
“We are still up for an award for original screenplay, and I will be there to represent Straight Outta Compton.”
O’Shea Jackson Sr. (Ice Cube), father of the Straight Outta Compton star has also been noted as having passed criticism of the Academy for only nominating African-Americans whom play subservient roles. Cube stated:
“Maybe we should have put a slave in Straight Outta Compton. I think that’s where we messed up.”