A new report claims that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organization that puts on the Academy Awards or the Oscars, invited self-admitted racist and West Side Story actor Rachel Zegler to be a presenter for the awards show.
Back at the end of May 2020, Zegler admitted she was a racist on Twitter writing, “If you think using my platform as any decent human being should is ‘barking orders’, hahaha. Ok. I have donated, shared, and will continue to educate myself on the never ending racism that I— and many other white/white passing people— am to blame for. Do the same. Be well.”
Regarding her invite to be a presenter, the report from The Hollywood Reporter comes after Zegler claimed she had not been invited to the awards ceremony on her personal Instagram.
In the comments section of a recent post a fan stated, “Can’t wait to see what you’ll be wearing on Oscar night.”
Zegler replied, “I’m not invited so sweatpants and my boyfriend’s flannel.”
She would follow that up writing, “idk y’all i have tried it all but it doesn’t seem to be happening :’) i will root for west side story from my couch and be proud of the work we so tirelessly did 3 years ago. i hope some last minute miracle occurs and i can celebrate our film in person but they, that’s how it goes sometimes, i guess.”
“thanks for all the shock and outrage — i’m disappointed, too,” she concluded. “but that’s okay. so proud of our movie.”
On Twitter she would write, “my goodness, folks!! appreciate all the support, i really really do. we live in such unprecedented times, and a lot of work behind the scenes goes into making movie magic happen. that goes for film productions (like the one I am so lucky to be currently shooting in london)…”
In a follow-up she added, “…and awards shows alike. let’s all just respect the process and i’ll get off my phone x R.”
The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg now claims that Zegler has been invited to be a presenter at the ceremony.
He writes, “THR hears that efforts are being undertaken to rearrange [Snow White’s] shooting schedule to enable Zegler to be at the Oscars.”
What do you make of the decision to invite a self-admitted racist to the Oscars? Are you surprised they invited her?