Jada Pinkett Smith Boycotting The Oscars: ‘Begging For Acknowledgment Diminishes Dignity’


Jada Pinkett Smith posted a video message to Facebook on this good Martin Luther King Jr. Day, to make it clear that she is not happy with the fact that the Academy excluded people of color with its Oscar nominations, once again, and she plans to boycott it this year. In the video, she said some poignant things about the fact that people of color should realize how much power we have, and stop seeking acceptance in places that could care less about us.

“Have we now come to a new time and place where we recognize that we can no longer beg for the love, acknowledgement or respect of any group,” she said. “That maybe it’s time that we recognize that if we love, acknowledge and respect ourselves in the way in which we are asking others to do that that is the place of true power.”

Pinkett Smith continued with, “Begging for acknowledgment diminishes dignity.”

She ended her video saying that while she loves Chris Rock, and supports him wholeheartedly, she just won’t be watching or in attendance.

Check out her message:

Posted by Jada Pinkett Smith on Monday, January 18, 2016

I’m not mad at her, and I also don’t have plans of watching the Oscars. Not only do I find it painfully boring anyway, but I agree with Jada Pinkett Smith. It’s not a place that has my best interests in mind, so why should I tune in?The power lies within our viewership so let’s stop patronizing people who don’t want us, and support award shows that do take us seriously like, The NAACP Image Awards, The BET Awards, etc.


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