Kirstie Alley Under Fire for Tweets Criticizing Oscars’ New Diversity Standards

Kirstie Alley is being dragged for comments she made about the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ new inclusion standards for future Oscar winners.

On Tuesday, the professional honorary organization announced that beginning in 2024, a film can only be eligible for a Best Picture nomination if it meets two of the following four criteria: on-screen representation, themes, and narratives; creative leadership and project team; industry access and opportunities; and audience development.

Per a press release, films can only meet the “on-screen representation, themes, and narratives” rule if one of its lead or significant supporting actors comes from an “underrepresented racial or ethnic group”; if 30 percent of the cast is made up of LGBTQIA+ persons, women, underrepresented racial or ethnic people; or if the film centers around one of the aforementioned groups.

While many celebrated the groundbreaking announcement, the “Cheers” actress slammed the new list of requirements as a “disgrace.”

“This is a disgrace to artists everywhere...can you imagine telling Picasso what had to be in his ------- paintings,” she tweeted and then deleted. “You people have lost your minds. Control artists, control individual thought .. OSCAR ORWELL.”

The 69-year-old also wrote and then deleted, “I’ve been in the motion picture Academy for 40 years. The Academy celebrates freedom of UNBRIDLED artistry expressed through movies. The new RULES to qualify for ‘best picture’ are dictatorial .. anti-artist..Hollywood you’re swinging so far left you’re bumping into your own ass.”

After acclaimed director Ava DuVernay responded to Alley with a gif of a Black man slamming a door in a white man’s face, Kirstie responded, “I ask you to explore my record of diversity & inclusion in anything I’ve produced & throughout my life. I’m not perfect but have fought for human & civil rights for 50 years. I just don’t agree w mandated, impossible to ‘police’ quotas as a prerequisite 4 a ‘best’ picture."

On Wednesday, Alley explained that she is “100% behind diversity inclusion & tolerance” and only deleted her first tweet about Picasso “because I feel it was a poor analogy & misrepresented my viewpoint.”

However, she is still “opposed to MANDATED ARBITRARY percentages relating to hiring human beings in any business.”

In a joint statement from Academy President David Rubin and Academy CEO Dawn Hudson, the organization strives to recognize films that “reflect our diverse global population in both the creation of motion pictures and in the audiences who connect with them.”

“The Academy is committed to playing a vital role in helping make this a reality,” they said. “We believe these inclusion standards will be a catalyst for long-lasting, essential change in our industry.”


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