Civil rights leaders say Oscar tune out plunged ratings

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Last year’s Oscar winner John Legend and his wife, Chrissy Teigen, arrive at the 88th Academy Awards on Feb. 28 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. (MARK BOSTER/LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS)
Last year’s Oscar winner John Legend and his wife, Chrissy Teigen, arrive at the 88th Academy Awards on Feb. 28 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.
(MARK BOSTER/LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS)

Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable President Earl Ofari Hutchinson and Project lslamic Hope President Najee Ali along with other civil rights leaders said their call for a tune out of the Academy Awards telecast plunged viewer ratings of the Feb. 28 show to an eight-year low.

At a Monday press conference, they said will detail plans to go after the sponsors of the Oscar telecast before next year’s Oscar telecast if the film industry does not promote immediate and genuine top to bottom diversity in the Academy and the film industry.

“The White Oscars tune out this year was a smashing success, “says Hutchinson and Ali. “The next step will be to put Oscar telecast sponsors on notice that the next call will be a sponsor tune out without real and immediate changes in industry diversity. This will further drive home the message that lip service by the industry to diversity for minorities is no longer acceptable.”

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