We need to do more, and better and more quickly.I want you to notice that disability isn't even a part of the aspirational diversity of the Oscars, let
This isn't unprecedented for the Academy. In the '60s and '70s it was about recruiting younger members to stay vital and relevant. In 2016, the mandate is inclusion in all of its facets: gender, race, ethnicity and sexual orientation. We recognize the very real concerns of our community, and I so appreciate all of you who have reached out to me in our effort to move forward together.
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There's hope. Idris Elba spoke to Parliament about diversity and consistently mentioned disability. Here's the full transcript, and the key quote:
Diversity in the modern world is more than just skin colour.Please send that message to the Academy, should they should ever bother to nominate you (also stop wasting your time as Heimdall, but that's a separate conversation).
- it’s gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, social background, and - most important of all, as far as I’m concerned – diversity of thought.
Because if you have genuine diversity of thought among people making TV & film, then you won’t accidentally shut out any of the groups I just mentioned.
Update note: I'm not saying ALL conversations about diversity need to include ALL aspects of diversity. There are lots of moments to discuss just race, or just sexuality, or just ethnicity, or just disability, or anything! But if you are going to release a big aspirational list and you leave out disability, it's very telling.