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Would the nominees at the OSCARs be any different if Academy voters had seen this cowboy version of Straight Outta Compton when it came out in 2009? How about Donald Trump’s B.E.T Awards? [Totally NSFW adult lyrics, F-bombs, N-word, etc.] (Video by CowboyGangstaRap.)
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), commonly known as “the Academy,” has been recently profiled in the Los Angeles Times and, not surprisingly, exposed as one of the most exclusionary organizations in the United States.
The Academy is 94% white, 77% male and the average age of its voters is 62.
Basically the Academy is full of rich old white guys, and has a hard time explaining why it is not a modern day example of Apartheid.
POCHO researchers, however, have discovered that it’s not as bad as it looks, because there are other organizations that are only slightly less diverse than the Oscars Academy of 2012: