Throughout the history of combating racial diversity, solidarity has been a successful tool to attain equality. Even those who live under the proverbial rock have heard the justified complaints about the lack of diversity the Oscars have had in recent years. The latest controversial selection of nominees has spurred filmmakers to boycott the 88th Annual Academy Awards (most of which have not been invited in the first place). At the Oscar luncheon yesterday Sylvester Stallone spoke to a reporter about his discussion with Creed director Ryan Coogler in regards to the Academy’s neglect.
I spoke with Ryan Coogler when this happened. I said, ‘Ryan how do you want to handle this? Because I really believe you are responsible for me being here,’ I said, ‘If you don’t want me to go, I won’t.’ He said, ‘I want you to go.’ That’s the kind of guy he is. He wanted me to stand up for the film.
Sylvester Stallone offered to boycott the Oscars in accordance with the likes of Spike Lee and Jaden Pickett-Smith. In fact, Sylvester Stallone is the first white actor to make the offer. Stallone’s offer seems sincere and heartfelt, and it sheds light on his integrity. Out of respect and admiration, Ryan Coogler told Stallone to refrain from boycotting, and represent the film at the ceremony. The 88th Annual Academy Awards will be held on Sunday, February 28, 2016 at 7pm EST.
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Written by Jacob Loser