Sharpton Calls 'Emergency Meeting' on 'Insulting' Oscar Nominations
Rev. Al Sharpton called for an "emergency meeting" to look at possible actions on Oscar night over the lack of nominations for black actors and actresses.
Though "Selma" was nominated for Best Picture, its director and leading actors were not on the lists, prompting Sharpton to slam the choices as "appallingly insulting."
For the first time since 1998, all of the nominees in the Best Actor/Actress and Best Supporting Actor/Actress categories are white.
"In the time of Staten Island and Ferguson, to have one of the most shutout Oscar nights in recent memory is something that is incongruous," he said.
Martha MacCallum discussed Sharpton's most recent playing of the race card with Deroy Murdock and Richard Fowler.
She asked Fowler why the nominations can't just be about the best movies and performances, calling it "ridiculous" to bring race into the discussion when "Selma" was on the Best Picture list.
Fowler noted that the Academy committee that decides the nominations is 93 percent white and 76 percent male.
He said this is about a "larger movement," not Sharpton, saying a lot of people across racial lines voiced their concerns on the subject.
Murdock suggested that Sharpton turn his attention to actual emergencies in the black community - like black-on-black crime, unemployment and high school graduation rates.
"Given all the problems facing black Americans today, it seems like Al Sharpton ought to organize a whole bunch of other emergency meetings on real emergencies before he has a total freak-out over how the Academy Awards are playing themselves out," said Murdock.
Watch the full discussion above.