Protesters led by the Rev Al-Sharpton lined near the celebrity drop-off for the Oscar Awards to protest the lack of diversity among this year’s nominees. The crowd were about 300 armed with signs and boom boxes.
Al Sharpton, who told the Academy:
“You are out of time. “We are not going to allow the Oscars to continue. This will be the last night of an all-white Oscars.”
Speaking to the protesters gathered in a small car park, Sharpton promised a longer protest, along with pressure on advertisers, if the situation fails to change next year.
“We are not saying who should win. But if you are locked out of the process you are dealing with a systemic exclusion,” he said.
Adding that the difference between him and Chris Rock is thatChris tells jokes and he tells the truth.