David Oyelowo: “telling stories about black people only through the eyes of white protagonists”

Source: Hollywood Reporter, YouTube

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‘Selma’ Star David Oyelowo Says Academy Favors “Subservient” Black Roles (Video)

The actor, who was snubbed for his portrayal of Martin Luther King Jr., said: “We, as black people, have been celebrated more for when we are subservient, when we are not being leaders or kings or being at the center of our own narrative.”

Black performers have been singled out for awards “more for when we are subservient,”David Oyelowo, who stars as Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, said Sunday during an appearance at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

He directed criticism at both the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the larger film industry for, historically, out of “white guilt,” telling stories about black people only through the eyes of white protagonists, saying, “So you have a very nice white person who holds black people’s hands through their own narrative.”…

… Oyelowo said, “No, look, historically — this is truly my feeling; I felt this before the situation we’re talking about and I feel it now — generally speaking, we, as black people, have been celebrated more for when we are subservient, when we are not being leaders or kings or being at the center of our own narrative.”…  (Complete article at the source.)

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