Those are the words of Jada Pinkett Smith, who, along with director Spike Lee, say they are boycotting the Academy Awards over the lack of nominations of actors of color. Reports the New York Times:

The outcry over the nomination of 20 white actors, and no black ones, for the coming Academy Awards gained momentum on Monday — Martin Luther King’s Birthday — as the director Spike Lee and the actress Jada Pinkett Smith announced that they wouldn’t be attending the ceremony on Feb. 28.

In a video, Pinkett Smith said she would not be attending the awards: “We can no longer beg for the love, acknowledgment or respect of any group,” she said.

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