Transgender Recording Artists, Nominated for Best Song, to Boycott Academy Awards

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This year’s Oscars are shaping up to be the most controversial ever—as stars like Will Smith have already chose to boycott over institutional racism—and now the first-ever transgender recording artists nominated for Best Song will also boycott the awards show. Anohni, who was nominated for her song Manta Ray, wrote on her website that she was treated disrespectfully by the show’s producers.

She writes:

Everyone told me that I still ought to attend, that a walk down the red carpet would still be ‘good for my career.’ Last night I tried to force myself to get on the plane to fly to LA for all the nominee events, but the feelings of embarrassment and anger knocked me back, and I couldn’t get on the plane. I imagined how it would feel for me to sit amongst all those Hollywood stars, some of the brave ones approaching me with sad faces and condolences. There I was, feeling a sting of shame that reminded me of America’s earliest affirmations of my inadequacy as a trans person. I turned around at the airport and went back home.

So who is still ready to watch the #oscarssowhite on Sunday?

The song, which was for the movie Racing for Extinction, is after the jump…

 

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