Obama Speaks Out On #OscarsSoWhite Controversy

It's all just an expression of a broader issue, says the president.

By Sharon Lynn Pruitt

This year is shaping up to be one of the most controversial awards seasons to date. For the second year in the row, the Academy Awards' major categories are devoid of any non-white nominees, and the lack of diversity has prompted criticism from celebrities and has even inspired some - like Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee - to boycott the event. Now, even the president has weighed in on the lack of diversity in the entertainment industry.

"I think that California is an example of the incredible diversity of this country. That’s a strength. I think that when everyone’s story is told then that makes for better art," Obama told reporters on Wednesday. "It 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. And I think the Oscar debate is really just an expression of this broader issue of 'Are we making sure that everybody is getting a fair shot?'"]

Watch a clip from the "Live from the White House" interview below.

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