Tyler Perry Avoids Oscars Diversity Talk: “I Don’t Want To Focus On It”


There were the “#OscarsSoWhite” protest and the complaints over the years that the Academy Awards’ lack of diversity is a problem in Hollywood. Entertainers have spoken openly about how they believe the Academy has snubbed actors, filmmakers, and movies considered to be “of color,” but if you ask Tyler Perry about the controversy, he’ll let you know that he doesn’t want any part of it as he minds his business in the ATL.

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The studio head caught up with CBS This Morning last week to chat about his recently released Netflix thriller A Fall From Grace. He praised the streaming platform for their diverse staff who met with him when they negotiated the film’s release, but when questioned about the Oscars, he didn’t care to get involved.

I think that Jennifer Lopez should have been recognized. I think that Awkwafina should have been recognized, absolutely,” he said. “But I don’t have an opinion of it either way. Whereas I said before, build your own table so that you don’t have to keep asking someone to sit at theirs. I think that the Academy has tried to invite more people of color into the voting process.”

With his hands up in the air as a sign of retreat, Perry added, “I’m down in Atlanta doing my own thing. I don’t even want to focus on it. God bless ’em. I wanna let it go and I want to encourage everybody else to be owners, entrepreneurs that take the bull by the horns, become more producers, writers, and direct themselves.” Check out his clip below.

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