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The Academy's Diversity Problem is Not Going Away

The Academy's Diversity Problem is Not Going Away

Daniel Clowes, whose comic book "Ghost World" inspired Terry Zwigoff's outstanding 2001 film adaptation, landed a potent dig at the Academy Monday when The New Yorker unveiled his February 29 cover illustration, "Privileged Characters." Depicting statuettes of a darker hue roped off from the red carpet, it's a one-glance indictment of the lack of diversity in the Oscar nominations, and all the more devastating for arriving at a moment in which one thing has become abundantly clear: the furor most frequently labeled #OscarsSoWhite is not going away.   On his HBO series "Last Week Tonight" Sunday, John Oliver got in on the game too, memorably (and hilariously) thrashing Hollywood for its history of casting white actors in roles that would logically be played by people of color, from John Wayne as Genghis Khan to Laurence Olivier's notorious "Othello" blackface. His announcer opened the occasional segment, "Why Is This Still a...

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