Show us the votes!
That’s Tyler Perry’s solution to what is being perceived as a major racial diversity problem within Hollywood and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.
The “MADEA producer believes voting results should be made public — presumably after the gold statues are passed out — allowing everyone to see whether or not minority actors and filmmakers are being unfairly overlooked.
“Rather than say who votes — I don’t want to know who voted and how they voted — I would just like to see the numbers,” he told me Friday afternoon at a Fox network media event in Los Angeles.
“I think if we saw the numbers of how many people voted for what movie, I think a lot of this would go away.”
An active — and somewhat passionate — debate began this week when almost all major category nominees for the 2016 Academy Awards turned out to be white.
“I don’t think it is racism and I don’t think it is madness,” Perry says, adding: “If you look at a movie like STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON… If THE REVENANT has 10,000 votes and STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON had 9,999 votes, that one vote would have made the difference. So that is what my interest would be.”
“Even with the presidential election, we know who voted and how they voted. I think that could solve it.”
Perry was on hand to promote his role as host an narrator of THE PASSION a modern day retelling of the story of Jesus of Nazareth as he presides over the Last Supper, is betrayed by Judas, put on trial by Pontius Pilate and eventually convicted, crucified and resurrected.
The musical will air live rain or shine from Perry’s hometown of New Orleans.
Country star Trisha Yearwood has signed on to play Mary.
The role of Jesus — who is traditionally depicted as a white male — has not yet been cast, but Perry says he is not concerned about the race of the actor that is chosen.
“What I feel very strongly about [with] the story and the way that it is told… As long as it is told in the authenticity of love and inclusion of everybody, it doesn’t matter what race whoever plays the role (of Jesus) is,” Perry says.
“What matters is that the story is told in its fullness and that people understand that it is about inclusion of everyone.”
THE PASSION airs March 20 on Fox.
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