She's on Stacey Dash's side. Bristol Palin agrees with Fox News' contributor that BET and Black History Month should not exist. The daughter of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin made her opinions known in a blog post on Tuesday, January 26.
"We shouldn’t segregate ourselves or limit Black History Month to one month a year. I wish things were really colorblind…" the former Dancing With the Stars contestant, 25, wrote. "I don’t know what we can do as a society to come together as one."
Dash's controversial remarks were in response to the lack of diversity among this year's Oscar nominees. (Only white actors have been recognized in the main categories for the past two years.) Spike Lee, Jada Pinkett Smith and her husband, Will Smith — who was not nominated for his work in Concussion — have boycotted the ceremony since nominations were revealed on January 14.
"[So] far as what I have seen about the #OscarSoWhiteControversy, it seems Jada Smith started it because her husband wasn’t getting nominated," Bristol wrote on Tuesday. "I don’t know how other people think about it, but I hope my son sees early on – that not everyone gets a trophy."
As previously reported, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs addressed the controversy in a statement on January 18. "I’d like to acknowledge the wonderful work of this year’s nominees," she said at the time. "While we celebrate their extraordinary achievements, I am both heartbroken and frustrated about the lack of inclusion. This is a difficult but important conversation, and it’s time for big changes."
Days later, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that it plans to double its number of female and minority members by 2020 and tweak its voting process. New members' voting status will last 10 years and their membership will only be renewed if they stay active.
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