President Barack Obama gave his thoughts on the Oscars diversity issue on Wednesday. He spoke with reporters on the Affordable Care Act, and was asked about the controversy surrounding the Oscars. He responded with:
“I think when everybody’s story is told, then that makes for better art. That makes for better entertainment, it makes everybody feel part of one American family. So I think, as a whole, the industry should do what every other industry should do, which is to look for talent, provide opportunity to everybody.”
His statement is a response to the lack of diversity in the nominees of the annual Academy Awards. The president wants everyone, regardless of race, to have an equal chance at being awarded for their hard work in the entertainment industry.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), Cheryl Boone Isaacs, released a statement earlier this month saying: “The Academy is going to lead and not wait for the industry to catch up. These new measures regarding governance and voting will have an immediate impact and begin the process of significantly changing our membership composition.”