For the past week we have been reporting on the drama and backlash that the 88th Academy Oscar Awards celebrations have been receiving due to the lack of African-American nominations there seem to have been for the past two years.
Yesterday we reported on Ice Cube and his son O’Shea Jackson Jr’s stance on the ceremony and today we have had the input of the legendary veteran Snoop Dogg:
“I normally don’t make comments on political shit or shit that be going in the media, but I watched my sister Jada Pinkett speak on the Academy Awards and how they don’t really fuck with black folks but they use us for how they use us. I feel the same way in the music industry with the Grammys. Being nominated for 16-17 Grammys and never winning one so I kind of like feel what she’s saying as far as great performances never being acknowledged.”
Snoop went on to make it very clear on his thoughts about the Oscars:
“Fuck the Grammys. Fuck the Oscars. Fuck all that old slavery bullshit-ass awards show,”.
Snoop revealed yesterday that he had woken up to several messages from his publicity team urging for him to tone it down, to which he replied:
“I got some messages from publicists and shit saying ‘Snoop you outta apologize and take back what you said’, I guess this is the day where the nigga comes in and says, ‘I’m so wrong for what I said’ – man fuck that! I could give a fuck about an award and winning one. All I’m saying is…you must respect those who do great work and they craft that they do.”
There has since been some calls for Chris Rock to step down from his scheduled duties on the 28th February 2016, but we are yet to hear a statement from the actor and comedian.
On Monday (18th January 2016), the Oscar Academy’s President, Cheryl Boone Isaacs released a statement which touches on the controversy that seems to be surrounding the awards, you can see this below:
One things for certain, this will be an interesting celebration to say the least. Stay tuned for more news and information on the 88th Academy Oscar Awards.