Actress Kirstie Alley criticizes the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science’s new requirements for the Oscars that encourage “equal representation on and off screen,” calling it a “shame on artists everywhere.”
Alley, the former “Cheers” star, has been dubbed the “OSCAR ORWELL” Academy Awards referring to “1984” author George Orwell. He later deleted the tweet.
“It is a disgrace to artists everywhere,” Alley wrote. “Can you imagine Picasso telling what should be in his f ** king paintings. You lost your mind. Control the artists, control the individual mind. OSCAR ORWELL.”
Alley later clarified his statement on Wednesday, calling his original reference to Orwell “a difficult analogy.”;
“I deleted my first tweet about the new rules for the best OSCARS in the movie because I think it’s a bad analogy and misrepresentation in my view,” wrote the 69-year-old “Look Who’s Talking” and artist. “I am 100% behind the diversity of inclusion and tolerance. I am opposed to the MANDATED ARBITRARY percentage associated with hiring people in any business.”
I deleted my first tweet about the new rules for the best OSCARS in the movie because I think it is a poor analogy and misrepresentation in my view. I am 100% behind the diversity of inclusion and tolerance. I am opposed to MANDATED ARBITRARY percentages associated with hiring people in any business.
– Kirstie Alley (@kirstiealley) September 9, 2020
Change is starting now. We announce new representation and integration standards for Best Picture Eligibility, starting with the 96th #Oscars. Read more here: https://t.co/qdxtlZIVKb pic.twitter.com/hR6c2jb5LM
– The Academy (@TheAcademy) September 8, 2020
The Academy announced on Tuesday that films wishing to compete for the best photo prize will be needed to meet integration targets in front of and / or behind the camera.
One of the new criteria that a film can use for qualification is that a lead or supporting actor is a member of a lesser racial or ethnic representation, including Asian, Hispanic, Black, Indigenous, Native American, Central East, North Africa, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.
Alternatively, a film must show that 30 percent of all actors in the second or minor role are members of certain categories, including women, LGBTQ people, or those with physical or cognitive disabilities . Another alternative is if the storyline involves an underrepresent group.
The changes came five years after the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, when the lack of diversity among nominees gained headlines and trended on social media.