John Legend has joined the trail of stars who have spoken up about the 2016 Oscars awards and its lack of diversity.
While appearing at the Sundance Film Festival this weekend, the Oscar winner voiced his approval at the Academy’s latest goal of doubling the number of women and diverse members by 2020.
He told E! News,
“I don’t really have a stand on the boycott right now. I do believe that the Academy made a good move yesterday in trying to diversify the ranks in the Academy. I just became a member of the Academy this year. This is my first year voting and I think it’s important for the Academy to come closer to reflecting what the real population looks like.”
“I don’t think it’s the Academy’s responsibility solely because so much of the Academy is fed by who’s working in the industry and if people aren’t getting jobs in the industry, they can’t be in the Academy because they aren’t working,” he explained. “It runs through Hollywood and it’s a bigger problem than the Oscars themselves and a bigger issue than just the Academy’s membership.”
Stars like Spike Lee, Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith have said they will not be attending the annual telecast this February.