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January 26, 2016

And the #OscarSoWhite Winner Goes to…

Will Smith will not attend the Oscars ceremony in February in protest over the absence of nominated actors of color, telling ABC television's "Good Morning America": "My wife's not going... We've discussed it. We're part of this community. But at this current time, we're uncomfortable to stand there and say this is OK.

First, the Concussion movie hardly makes an impact. Then, the movie’s publicity photo is re-purposed by Reuters to lead off their “Hollywood talks Oscars diversity” slideshow. In the background is the Will Smith who played the forensic pathologist who medically determined pro football was destroying its player’s brains. He is overshadowed, however, by the Will Smith posterized as potentially deserving a 2015 best actor nomination.

Can we have the envelope, please.

And the winner is … the NFL!

(photo: Mike Segar. caption: Will Smith will not attend the Oscars ceremony in February in protest over the absence of nominated actors of color, telling ABC television’s “Good Morning America”: “My wife’s not going… We’ve discussed it. We’re part of this community. But at this current time, we’re uncomfortable to stand there and say this is OK.”)

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