NAACP Image Awards 2016: Anthony Anderson addresses Oscars diversity
'Hollywood needs to know that this is what diversity is supposed to look like'
Anthony Anderson didn’t shy away from the swirling Oscars controversy at the 47th annual NAACP Image Awards on Friday.
Starting with his own rendition of N.W.A’s “Straight Outta Compton,” Anderson dressed as Ice Cube and performed the rap, with adjusted lyrics that touched on the #OscarsSoWhite controversy. Calling himself and his background performers Nominees With Attitudes, Anderson segued into a monologue, which hit heavily on the Academy Awards.
“Look at all of these beautiful shades of people in the audience,” the awards show host said. “Hollywood needs to know that this is what diversity is supposed to look like.”
After joking over 2016 being Obama’s last year in the Oval, and poking fun at actress Stacey Dash – who recently called for Black History Month and the NAACP Image Awards to be abolished – the Black-ish actor noticed Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith.
“They better be here after all this ish they started,” Anderson quipped.
The conversation regarding race in the Oscars really picked up steam when Pinkett Smith called for actors of color to boycott the awards show after the nominations didn’t reflect diversity.
While he called out the Academy Awards, Anderson also jokingly expressed concerns that they might go to far in nominations next year to compensate for the issues this year.
“Although we have our own awards show, I just want the other ones to be fair,” he said. “I just hope they don’t go overboard next year and nominate too much black stuff out of guilt.”
Anderson offered many jokes and playful jabs, but he also offered some serious notes of inspiration.
“I love seeing all these faces; black people working,” he added. “Everybody keeps saying it’s a comeback. But hell, don’t call it a comeback. We’ve been here for years. This is about us. This is our show and it’s not a comeback. We have been here an we aren’t going anywhere.”