Anthony Anderson Addresses Hollywood's Diversity Issue at NAACP Image Awards
Winner Viola Davis & host/winner Anthony Anderson at the Backstage Creations Celebrity Retreat
People magazine reports that host Anthony Anderson presided over a lively evening at the NAACP Image Awards on Friday.
Poking fun at the controversy swirling around the Oscars' lack of people of color nominated in the acting categories, Anderson referred to himself and his background performers in an opening sketch as "Nominees with Attitudes." He told the crowd, "Look at all of these beautiful shades of people in the audience. Hollywood needs to know that this is what diversity is supposed to look like."
Anderson zinged "Clueless" actress Stacey Dash, who has minimized the #OscarsSoWhite backlash, and put Will and Jada Pinkett Smith on the spot by saying, "They better be here, after all the ish they started." #OscarsSoWhite took off when Jada posted a video announcing she would not attend due to the lack of diversity among this year's nominees.