The Oscar boycott just got political.
Rep. Danny Davis, D-Ill., a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, said he supports boycotting next month’s Academy Awards over the lack of minorities nominated in top categories.
Davis said he decided to back the boycott after Jada Pinkett Smith announced on Facebook Monday she would protest the Oscars’ lack of diversity by refusing to watch the program airing on Feb. 28.
While some lawmakers have been critical of Hollywood’s diversity gap, Davis is the first to go on record in support of the boycott.
Of those snubbing the event, Davis told “The Hill,” “I think they are reflective of the African-American community.”
Rep. Brenda Lawrence, D-Mich., also told the publication she was “extremely disappointed in the lack of diversity year after year” but stopped short of saying she would boycott.
This isn’t the first time the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has faced claims it snubbed minorities. Last year, “Selma” failed to get an Oscar nod.
This year, celebrities including Smith and her husband Will Smith, as well as directors Spike Lee and Michael Moore and the Rev. Al Sharpton have said they will not attend or watch the awards show.
They are all calling on Chris Rock, who is slated to host the show, to back out.