The recent drama over the lack of diversity at this year’s Oscars show created a firestorm of controversy in the mainstream media and on the internet.
The #OscarsSoWhite social media craze that ignited early this year had everybody talking. Regular folks, public figures, and even many black celebrities on the big screen made their voices heard in the discussion about the racial discrimination that goes on behind the scenes at the nation’s elite film Academy.
Many black entertainers feel that Hollywood does not offer a level playing field for aspiring non-white actors, actresses, producers, and film directors at all. Gabrielle Union is the latest celebrity entertainer to speak up against the institutionalized racism that goes on in one America’s most lucrative industries.
Evelyn Diaz, a contributor to BET.com wrote an article published on the TV giant’s site today called Real Talk: Gabrielle Union Slams Hollywood and Doesn’t Hold Back. The brief article covers an interview Union did with Ocean Drive Magazine.
The “Being Mary Jane” star talks passionately about her position on the lack of diversity going on in Hollywood. Union says that aspiring black actors, actresses, producers, and film directors should be pessimistic about their chances of being accepted into the business as fast as their white counterparts.
“Half the time, [African Americans] don’t even get the opportunity to fail . . . At least let me audition, so you can say I just wasn’t good enough,” Union said in her interview with Ocean Drive Magazine. “Most times, Black actors can’t even get in the door,” she continued.
Union is a very fortunate black actress on TV and at the box office. The fact that someone such as herself can still speak on the racially-motivated injustices going on in the industry of America’s biggest export to the world speaks volumes. She also told Ocean Drive that the same sad reality exists for other minority thespians who aspire to be on the big screen.
“It’s still grossly unequal — and that goes for the Latino, Asian, Middle Eastern and LGBT communities…We have a long, long way to go,” Union added.
Maybe it’s time for minority film and TV stars to compete against the very same arbitrary white-owned sources they seek acceptance from.