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.
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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.”
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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)…”
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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?
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