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There have been so many voices in the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, but not a peep has come from Academy Award winner Halle Berry…until now.
The actress finally weighed in on the #OscarsBoycott, after winning the golden statue 15 years ago for her role in Monsters Ball.
The 49-year-old recalled her historic speech:
“I believed that in that moment, that when I said ‘The door tonight has been opened,’ I believed that with every bone in my body that this was going to incite change because this door, this barrier, had been broken. And to sit here almost 15 years later, and knowing that another woman of color has not walked through that door, is heartbreaking,” she told a room of attendees at AOL Makers Conference.
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“It’s heartbreaking, because I thought that moment was bigger than me. It’s heartbreaking to start to think maybe it wasn’t bigger than me. Maybe it wasn’t. And I so desperately felt like it was,” she said, reflecting on the tear-jerking moment.
Halle’s comments piggy back off of other star’s comments, explaining that diversity isn’t a requirement, it’s simply the truth of the world:
“It’s really about truth telling. And as filmmakers and as actors, we have a responsibility to tell the truth. And the films, I think, that are coming out of Hollywood aren’t truthful. And the reason they’re not truthful, these days, is that they’re not really depicting the importance and the involvement and the participation of people of color in our American culture.”
Can the church say amen? Nobody knows what it takes to walk that stage like Halle Berry herself, and apparently, the red carpet still isn’t being rolled out for us.