RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif. — Halle Berry said Hollywood’s lack of diversity stems from a lack of honesty. Filmmakers and actors should tell the truth, she said, “and the films, I think, that are coming out of Hollywood aren’t truthful.”
“The reason they’re not truthful these days is they aren’t really depicting the importance and the involvement and the participation of people of color in our American culture,” Berry said, addressing the film academy’s diversity controversy publicly.
She made the remarks last week during an onstage conversation with her agent, Kevin Huvane, at the Makers Conference, an AOL women’s leadership program.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has been facing a diversity crisis since the nominations announced last month revealed a second consecutive year of all-white acting nominees.
“Our cities are filled with black and brown people. And many times, unfortunately we see films that are set in Chicago, New York, Atlanta — big metropolitan cities — and they’re devoid of people of color.”