Lupita Joins the #OscarsSoWhite Debate: ‘It’s a Symptom of Something Else’

Lupita agrees: the Oscars are too white.

Appearing on the TODAY show Wednesday, Lupita asserted that the lack of diversity in this year’s Oscars nominations is “a symptom of something else.”

“I think what we are asking for is really for more stories to be told, for inclusion in the stories that are told,” she told TODAY show host Savannah Guthrie. “It’s good for all of us when we hear a diverse number of stories and are able to experience more diversity. It’s more reflective of the world we live in.”

In anticipation of her “Eclipsed” Broadway debut, Lupita said that she considers herself lucky to be in a position where she can push for more diversity.

“I think that’s what we ultimately want, is for a diversity of stories to be told,” she said. “With ‘Eclipsed,” this was something that I brought to the table because it had moved me in a way that I wanted to perform it and to share it with people. So I feel that’s the role I can play.”

Lupita first addressed the #OscarsSoWhite controversy two weeks ago in an Instragram post condemning the academy for a “lack of inclusion.”

“Eclipsed,” Danai Gurira’s dramatic play about the Liberian civil war, opens at the Golden Theatre on March 6. If you’re in the vicinity – and a supporter of diversity in the arts – head here for tickets.

Originally from Sweden, Chris is a journalist with an extensive interest for African culture and the arts.