There has been a huge amount of talk about the lack of diversity at the Oscars this year, with the Academy Awards being criticised for what many have perceived as being racist. many stars have already stated that they will not attend the Oscars this year and will not even watch it on television, with plenty of stars voicing their opinions on the subject.
The latest Hollywood star to weigh in on the Oscars racism row is actress Ellen Page, who has urged for there to be more diversity when casting movies and television shows. Ellen says that she is very disappointed by the lack of diversity at the Oscars this year but is pleased to hear that there is finally being something done about it for the future.
Page explained, "(It) means a lot to me as an audience member and as a human being. It means a lot to me as someone who does this job. I think the issue is much more systemic and I hope that's what changes, hearing more diverse stories, but I feel like finally there's some steps going in the right direction. There needs to be more diversity behind the camera, and more people getting hired in every aspect of the business, and more support for those stories and more opportunity."
She added, "You look at something like (TV series) Orange Is the New Black, and how many actresses we were introduced to, who we may not otherwise have seen because they had no opportunity. That makes me feel like, 'How could you not feel angry at that', you know? And I hope that is what is going to continue to happen, and, just as an audience member, I want to go (and) see more stories from different perspectives. We do this job, sure to entertain, but also to reflect aspects of what it means to be a human."
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