*Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable President Earl Ofari Hutchinson, and Project lslamic Hope President Najee Ali, and other civil rights leaders on Monday, February 29 said their call for a tune out of the white Oscar telecast plunged viewer ratings to an 8 year low.
They will detail plans to go after the sponsor’s of the Oscar telecast before next year’s Oscar telecast if the film industry does not promote immediate and genuine top to bottom diversity in the Academy and the film industry.
“The white Oscars tune out this year was a smashing success, “says Hutchinson and Ali,” The next step will be to put Oscar telecast sponsors on notice that the next call will be a sponsor tune out without real and immediate changes in industry diversity. This will further drive home the message that lip service by the industry to diversity for minorities is no longer acceptable.”
Meanwhile, Hutchinson, Ali and other civil rights leaders are planning a press conference today at 3pm (Pacific) in front of the Motion Picture Academy at 8949 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills 90211.
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