With the forthcoming Academy Awards still reeling from a proposed boycott and other repercussions following a second straight year without a minority acting nominee, President Barack Obama discussed the issue that’s tearing through Hollywood and whether it’s emblematic of the nation as a whole. “I think the Oscar debate is really just an expression of this broader issue: Are we making sure that everybody is getting a fair shot?,” Obama asked.
“I think that California is an example of the incredible diversity of this country. That’s a strength. I think that when everyone’s story is told … that makes for better art,” Obama told reporters at the White House Wednesday. “It makes for better entertainment; it makes everybody feel part of one American family, so I think as a whole the industry should do what every other industry should do which is to look for talent, provide opportunity to everybody.”