Should the Oscars be boycotted?

Jake Brams
student | South Philadelphia
"Yes, why not? I think African Americans have been overlooked for far too long at the Oscars. They’ve given some of the best performances but their talent hasn’t been recognized. I’m not going to watch the Oscars this year."

Steven Layman
musician | South Philadelphia
"Yes. It’s a problem. They’re not acknowledg-ing African-American accomplish-ments. The powers that be are too narrow-minded, myopic and elitist for my tastes. I’d encourage people to watch just about anything else on TV."

Patrice Singleton
dietary clerk | South Philadelphia
"No, I don’t take the Oscars that seriously. It doesn’t merit the energy of a boycott. People who get an Oscar tend to be cursed. It’s all downhill from there. I like the Grammys, not the Oscars."

Tasha McNeil
cook | Brewerytown
"No. I do think they need more African-American representa-tion among the nominees and award-winners, but the problem doesn’t rise to the level of calling for a boycott. It’s not that deep. They just need more diversity."