Oscars 2020: Fans Drag Leslie Jones After She Claimed to Skip Voting on Most Categories for Lack of Black Nominees

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Leslie Jones is beneath hearth from her followers after she tweeted concerning the Oscars 2020. The Academy Awards have a critical range drawback this 12 months and other people have referred to as them out for it. One loud voice in opposition to the group is the previous Saturday Night Live star that blasted them for the dearth of black nominees. A tweet that was most probably meant to be humorous had the alternative response and now Jones is getting dragged.

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“Welp, I just finished voting for the Oscars,” the comic 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 on the Oscars this 12 months for taking part within the film “Harriet.” The English actress is nominated within the Best Actress class and picked up one other nod for Best Original Song. In the highest performing class for the night time, Erivo will probably be competing in opposition to Scarlett Johansson, Saoirse Ronan, Charlize Theron, and Renée Zellweger — all caucasian girls.

Leslie Jones will get referred to as out

After Jones’ tweet, the replies began pouring in and one recurring message was of 1 nod the comic appeared to miss. The Supermarket Sweep host didn’t point out that Matthew Cherry’s brief movie Hair Love is nominated. The brief a couple of black father who struggles to model her younger daughter’s hair.

“Come on [Leslie], how do you not find out about Matthew A. Cherry and Hair Love? Ask your individuals,” 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 stated, “Oh good! Your tweet said you stopped voting after Cynthia. Whew!”

Jones later rectified and added a second tweet acknowledging she voted for the movie brief.

“Ok, geez. Yes, I voted for Matthew A Cherry too, didn’t assume I wanted to say that. The post was apparent. No chill. His movie was on earlier than Angry Birds,” Jones wrote within the second tweet.

The comedic actress was not finished with Wharton-Rigby although, she tweeted at him and reprimanded him for not telling her in non-public.

“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’d have cherished to DM you however you don’t observe me. Another black nominee is Les Misérables director Ladj Ly for Best International Feature. You actually are a treasure.”

More followers blast Leslie Jones

Fans didn’t cease dragging Jones for her preliminary tweet and made a number of good factors in opposition to her. One, particularly, was about acknowledging different races as range, not simply African-Americans.

“I love you but I wish you could see all diversity as good,” a fan said. “Parasite is a big take care of an all Asian solid, bear in mind Asians and Latinos are much less represented within the media than black of us even. 3% for Latinos and over half that’s non-speaking roles.”

“Did you at least watch all the nominated movies before casting your vote?” one other 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?” one other 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,” one other follower replied.

The Oscars will air on Sunday, February 9 at eight p.m. ET and 5 p.m. PT on ABC.

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