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#OscarsSoWhite: A Manufactured Crisis Of Diversity

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Following the announcement of the Academy Award Nominations on January 15th, attention turned quickly to the fact that – once again – there were no “people of colour” nominated for any of the major awards. A Twitter hashtag, #OscarSoWhite, emerged to shame the Academy with once more reducing people of colour or ethnicity to a redundant element in this year’s Oscar race. Stars such as Will Smith, his wife Jada Pinkett-Smith, and director Spike Lee, came out to decry the lack of diversity in the Academy’s nominations, and used the fact as a platform to claim discrimination against black people by the largely white Academy voting base.

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Trailer Trash – Suicide Squad

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Okay, so while the world awaits Zack Snyder’s Doomsday-laden Batman V Superman film, Fury director David Ayer has quietly been working on a little film called Suicide Squad – if you’ve ever read, you know, a comic book, you’ll know that the Suicide Squad features a grab-bag of DC villains – think an anti-Justice League – sent into missions so dangerous it’s likely they’ll die, hence the term suicide. Starring Will Smith (as Deadshot, vaguely similar to Marvel’s Deadpool), Jai Courtney (as Captain Boomerang…lolz), Margo Robbie (as Harley Quinn), and Jared Leto (as the Joker), Suicide Squad kinda feels like it has a Kick-Ass meets Deadpool vibe going on, that works.

Check out the latest trailer – the first of many, no doubt – after the jump!

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