Kirstie Alley Says New Oscars Inclusion Requirements ‘A Disgrace To Artists Everywhere’

The Academy of Motion Pictures has announced that no film will be allowed to enter the race for an Oscar unless they meet politically correct “diversity quotas.”

“This is a disgrace to artists everywhere…can you imagine telling Picasso what had to be in his f***ing paintings,” tweeted Kirstie Alley. “You people have lost your minds. Control artists, control individual thought .. OSCAR ORWELL.”

Kristie Alley later deleted the above tweet and clarified that she supports diversity and inclusion but opposes the mandating of it.

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On Tuesday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) released its new guidelines for inclusion, which dictated that movies must meet a diversity threshold, employing specific minority individuals in front of or behind the camera to qualify for Best Picture. As The Los Angeles Times reported:

Those standards require one of the following: at least one of the lead actors or significant supporting actors is from an underrepresented racial or ethnic group; at least 30% of all actors in secondary and more minor roles are from certain underrepresented groups; or the main storyline, theme or narrative is centered on an underrepresented group.

To be eligible for best picture, a film must meet at least two standards across four categories: “Onscreen Representation, Themes and Narratives,” “Creative Leadership and Project Team,” “Industry Access and Opportunities” and “Audience Development.” Within each category are a variety of criteria …

In response to this blatant violation of artistic freedom, actress Kirstie Alley (“Cheers,” “Star Trek”) said the new rules are “a disgrace to artists everywhere” and likened it to telling Picasso what he could and could not paint. More

The Oscars have been a joke for many years. These requirements only solidify that fact. Has there been bias in nominating and voting? Sure.

Will these new requirements ensure that the best films and people are recognized? No, because it’s not about merit anymore; it’s about something else. Pretty much mirrors a lot of things in our society.

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