Los Angeles activists urge viewers to boycott Oscars by tuning out until Academy implements change. Rough Cut – no reporter narration
African-Americans told to tune out Oscars
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Activists in Los Angeles have urged television viewers to boycott next month’s Oscars by tuning out until the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences implements changes. Despite last week’s announcement by the Academy of a landmark campaign to diversify its voters ranks, a chapter of Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network is moving ahead with protest plans. Following heavy criticism that it had failed to nominate a single actor of color for a second year, the Academy has pledged to double female and minority membership by 2020. Actor Will Smith, his actress wife Jada Pinkett Smith, director Spike Lee and a handful of others have said they will skip the awards ceremony. There has also been an ongoing debate on whether host Chris Rock should step down. The 88th annual Academy Awards takes place on Sunday, February 28.