*”There’s no need for me to even complain anymore, because none of my peers that are out here complaining, want to take the time out of their lives to come be a part of this!”
Mega producer Jermaine Dupri sat down with EURweb and took us behind Hollywood’s red velvet rope, to explain how award shows function.
EUR: Would you join the Oscar boycott?
Dupri: No. I wasn’t going to the Oscars anyway. I don’t go to award shows unless I’m winning!
EUR: How much momentum do you think the Oscar boycott will attract?
Dupri: We should hear the real story about the voting process of the Oscars, because I was the President of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS), Atlanta chapter, which is the board of the Grammys. When I became president, I learned the people that actually sit on the floor of the voting committee of the Grammys, were my age. Nobody on the floor. They don’t even look like they listen to rap music. People brought me in and said, ‘Jermaine, you see these people? These are the people that determine what happens on the show. These are the people that determine what is seen and what is not seen.’ That day I was like, ‘Oh okay, I get it now!’
There’s no need for me to even complain anymore, because none of my peers that are out here complaining want to take the time out of their lives to come be a part of this! I feel like it’s probably the same situation, with the Oscars. Spike Lee, should boycott it, but then he should go a step further and figure out how he can get on the board and get inside, so he can justify what is actually happening.
Like with the Grammys, Jimmy Jam became the voice of NARAS and now Run-D.M.C. are getting the lifetime achievement award at the Grammys this year and that will be an award we see on TV. I believe that’s all Jimmy Jam. It’s become his primary job. Jada Pinkett-Smith, or anyone else has to get on the board. I guarantee you they’re not on the board.
EUR: According to the L.A. Times, 90% of Oscar voters are Caucasians, 75% are male and born in the 1950s.
Dupri: Yeah! That’s what I’m saying. I understand the boycott and they should boycott to start the movement, but one of them should stand up and say, ‘I want to be on the board.’ That’s when the problem should really go crazy, when they don’t allow one of them to get on the board.
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