In his speech after receiving the award at the British Academy Film Awards, Joker protagonist Joaquin Phoenix has slammed the film industry for its alleged prejudice against ‘people of color’.
Phoenix won the best leading actor award for his role in ‘Joker’. He highlighted the lack of diversity among the nominations of the award show.
He asked the Hollywood people to “dismantle the systemic racism”. “I think that it is the obligation of the people that have created and perpetuate from the system of oppression to be the ones to dismantle it. We have to really do the hard work to truly understand the systemic racism,” he said.
In his remarks, the Joker said he felt conflicted that plethora of his deserving fellow actors did not have the same privilege as he enjoyed being a white man. He said it clearly sent the message that they were not welcome there.
“We have been sending that message to the people who have contributed so much to our medium and to our industry in a way that we benefit from. I think people just want to be acknowledged, respected and appreciated for their work,” he said.
In the end, Joaquin Phoenix said he was ashamed of being a part of the problem. He said he had not done everything in his power to ensure that what he worked on was inclusive.