Claudia Eller — co-editor-in-chief of Variety, a publication that covers the entertainment industry — tweeted a photo Tuesday morning of the cover of the upcoming issue. It features a greyed-out Oscar statuette with these overlaid words: “Shame on Us.” In her tweet, she writes, “Tomorrow’s cover on Diversity crisis will be a must read. As the cover line states, we are all to blame. Let’s act!”
The story — which isn’t yet available online — will be written by James Rainey, Variety’s senior film reporter, and Tim Gray, Variety senior vice president and awards editor.
Tomorrow's cover on Diversity crisis will be a must read. As the cover line states, we are all to blame. Let's act! pic.twitter.com/7X13xq6WmY— Claudia Eller (@Variety_Claudia) January 26, 2016
This comes following intense controversy surrounding the recent Academy Awards nominations, as all of the nominated actors are white for the second year in a row. The hashtag #OscarsSoWhite, which surfaced for the first time last year, began trending again after the nominees were announced on Jan. 14. Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith, and Spike Lee have announced they are not attending the awards ceremony on Feb. 28 in protest, and many others in Hollywood have spoken out about the issue, including George Clooney and “Spotlight” actor Mark Ruffalo.
On Friday, the Academy announced it is adopting new rules to increase diversity among its membership.