Oscars 2020: Fans Drag Leslie Jones After She Claimed to Skip Voting on Most Categories for Lack of Black Nominees
Leslie Jones is under fire from her followers after she tweeted about the Oscars 2020. The Academy Awards have a serious diversity problem this year and people have called them out for it. One loud voice against the organization is the former Saturday Night Live star that blasted them for the lack of black nominees. A tweet that was most likely meant to be funny had the opposite reaction and now Jones is getting dragged.
“Welp, I just finished voting for the Oscars,” the comedian tweeted. “It didn’t take long cause there are no black people on it. So I voted for Cynthia Erivo and abstained from the rest of the voting.”
Jones ended her tweet with the hashtag, “more black people please.”
Erivo scored two nods at the Oscars this year for participating in the movie “Harriet.” The English actress is nominated in the Best Actress category and picked up another nod for Best Original Song. In the top acting category for the night, Erivo will be competing against Scarlett Johansson, Saoirse Ronan, Charlize Theron, and Renée Zellweger — all caucasian women.
Leslie Jones gets called out
After Jones’ tweet, the replies started pouring in and one recurring message was of one nod the comedian seemed to overlook. The Supermarket Sweep host didn’t mention that Matthew Cherry’s short film Hair Love is nominated. The short about a black father who struggles to style her young daughter’s hair.
“Come on [Leslie], how do you not know about Matthew A. Cherry and Hair Love? Ask your people,” Darryl Wharton-Rigby wrote.
Jones replied saying, “I did babe. All black didn’t know I needed to say that lol.”
Another tweeter called Jones out and said, “Oh good! Your tweet said you stopped voting after Cynthia. Whew!”
Jones later rectified and added a second tweet acknowledging she voted for the film short.
“Ok, geez. Yes, I voted for Matthew A Cherry too, didn’t think I needed to say that. The post was obvious. No chill. His film was on before Angry Birds,” Jones wrote in the second tweet.
The comedic actress was not done with Wharton-Rigby though, she tweeted at him and reprimanded him for not telling her in private.
“Thanks but you could have DM me so I didn’t have block and curse people that came at me but um, thanks brother,” Jones wrote.
Wharton-Rigby then added, “Sis, I would have loved to DM you but you don’t follow me. Another black nominee is Les Misérables director Ladj Ly for Best International Feature. You really are a treasure.”
More fans blast Leslie Jones
Fans did not stop dragging Jones for her initial tweet and made several good points against her. One, in particular, was about acknowledging other races as diversity, not just African-Americans.
“I love you but I wish you could see all diversity as good,” a fan said. “Parasite is a huge deal with an all Asian cast, remember Asians and Latinos are less represented in the media than black folks even. 3% for Latinos and over half that is non-speaking roles.”
“Did you at least watch all the nominated movies before casting your vote?” another fan questioned.
“I love you but how is that not just as racist as if a white actor said they didn’t vote for any non-white actors?” another Twitter user questioned.
“Your unwillingness to vote for anyone who isn’t black is objectively racist,” another tweet read.
“How about we focus on talent, not race. Award-winning performance, not skin color,” another follower replied.
The Oscars will air on Sunday, February 9 at 8 p.m. ET and 5 p.m. PT on ABC.