Charlotte Rampling thinks that the Oscar diversity outcry is “racist to whites.” Rampling’s response comes after fellow Oscar nominee Mark Ruffalo’s comments yesterday, according to Business Insider.
Rampling, who’s up for best actress for her role in the marital drama “45 Years,” said that the campaign to boycott the Feb. 28 ceremony is racist in and of itself. “It is racist to whites,” Charlotte said. “One can never really know, but perhaps the black actors did not deserve to make the final list.”
The screen icon, an Academy member, also implied that she wouldn’t support the Academy’s introduction of quotas. AMPAS may revamp Oscar categories and overhaul membership requirements as controversy grows over 2016’s list of acting nominees.
Charlotte Rampling replied “no comment” after an interviewer said the black community feels like a minority in the film industry. But she did say, “Why classify people? These days everyone is more or less accepted,” the first-time Academy Awards nominee said.
“People will always say: ‘Him, he’s less handsome’; ‘Him, he’s too black’; ‘He is too white’ … someone will always be saying ‘You are too’ (this or that) … But do we have to take from this that there should be lots of minorities everywhere?”
Rampling is one of the 20 white Oscar nominated for acting awards this year, which has prompted outcry about Hollywood’s growing diversity problems. Unlike Charlotte, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee have said they’ll be sitting out the upcoming ceremony, while Lupita Wyong’o, George Clooney, David Oyelowo, Will Packer and others have criticized the show, which spawned the trending hashtag “Oscars So White.”
Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs said in a statement on Monday that the Academy “is taking dramatic steps to alter the makeup of our membership” to address the issue, while former prexy Hawk Koch called on Hollywood to push diversity in an open letter released Thursday.
Despite her stance on the issue, Charlotte Rampling said she was honored to receive a nod. “Being named for the awards, that’s undeniably, already a victory,” she said. “You’ve entered into a private circle, very select, the great film club that is the Oscars academy.”