By Judy Kurtz
Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonHow does Trump get to 270? The Mormons are actually beating progressives on rape advocacy Obama: Most will be ‘pleasantly surprised’ by healthcare plan costs MORE is calling promised changes to the Oscars’ voting membership “long overdue," saying the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences “has to catch up with our reality" in the diversity of its honorees.
The Democratic presidential front-runner is the latest politician to weigh in on the controversy surrounding the 2016 Academy Awards, which have been widely criticized since nominations were announced earlier this month for a lack of minorities nominated in top categories for the second year in a row.
In a statement last week, the Academy’s president, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, said she was “heartbroken and frustrated about the lack of inclusion” and was “taking dramatic steps to alter the makeup of our membership.”
“Just think of the great films that really display not just the diversity of America, but the diversity of the human experience,” Clinton said, “and therefore the Academy has to catch up with our reality.”
“I’m encouraging them, as I know so many others are, to really move as quickly as they can to make those changes,” the former secretary of State added.
A number of celebrities, including Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, Spike Lee, and director Michael Moore, have said they’re either boycotting or refusing to watch the Feb. 28 awards show, hosted by Chris Rock. Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.), a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, told ITK last week that he would support a boycott.
Clinton isn’t the first White House hopeful to offer her take on the Oscars controversy, which prompted a revival of last year’s Twitter hashtag, #OscarsSoWhite. GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson said last week that while “Hollywood could do a better job of honoring” a wider variety of the population, “Americans have far more important concerns than a few Hollywood elites handing themselves awards. And Republican front-runner Donald Trump called the lack of black acting nominees "sad."