Controversy has erupted as the 2016 Academy-Awards approach with the only nominations for major awards going to white, human actors. Among critics of the lack of diversity is the Galactic 8 Republic, which has announced it will be boycotting the Oscars for what it’s leaders call xenophobic treatment of their people.
When asked for comment, Galactic 8 spokesman Klatuu stated “We are very upset that in this day and age only Earthlings are being recognized. Differences in origins, skin color, and methods of reproduction are no reason to exclude many talented actors.”
In response to the criticism, The Academy has pointed to its history of inclusion and diversity. “In 1939, Hattie McDaniel was the first African-American awarded an Oscar.” says John Mooney, a member of the Academy. “And in 1955, Marlon Brando became the first person from the Galactic 8 Republic to win the Oscar for best actor. And how could I not mention Mel Gibson, who was a pioneer for lizard people across the universe when he won in 1995 for Braveheart.”
Although the boycott will be looming over the award ceremony, attendees don’t expect the “white-human washing” to dampen ratings for the broadcast. The Academy said in a statement “we don’t believe the lack of diversity will hurt the Oscars this year. We think it’s going to be a wonderfully overlong evening of white-humans pretending to be happy when they lose.”