The hashtag #OscarsSoWhite has unfortunately had a second run at virality, due to the 2016 Oscars nominations being… well, extremely void of people of colour. Out of the 20 people nominated, not one person is non-white.

Some of the suspected nominees were Will Smith (for ‘Concussion’), Idris Elba (for ‘Beasts of No Nation’), Benicio Del Toro (for ‘Sicario‘), and Michael B. Jordan (for ‘Creed‘, which he won a Best Actor award for from the National Society of Film Critics). All of these actors received a great deal of Oscars buzz; many thought they’d be an obvious nomination.  

Also missing from the nominations was hit film ‘Straight Outta Compton‘, which featured a heavily African-American cast. The film did receive a nomination for ‘Best Original Screenplay‘ – credited to four white writers. 

This is the second year in a row that there’s been absolutely no people of colour nominated for an award.

The host for this years Oscars is Chris Rock, who’s pretty damn well-known for calling out racial inequality. So… he’s got some seriously excellent material on his hands here, yeah? He tweeted a short advert for the ceremony, which includes him pouring white talcum powder over this hands, with a voiceover saying “We undeniable”:

The woman who credits herself with starting the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag, April Reign, has spoken out about the exclusion of PoC, saying that even a callout from Rock about the lack of diversity won’t fix anything:

And she’s not afraid to call out the racial hatred that’s being sent her way on Twitter:

The #OscarsSoWhite hashtag has been strongly trending for more than 24 hours now:

The only way to fix systemically oppressive regimes, is to speak openly and honestly about it. Loudly. Because this shit isn’t alright; it’s 2016, y’know?

Source: Twitter.

Photo: Straight Outta Compton.