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Queerty: Nobody’s more pissed about the Oscars’ new diversity guidelines than former actress Kirstie Alley


In a bid to boost diversity, the Academy Awards just announced new diversity requirements for movies wanting to be considered for the Best Picture Oscar beginning in 2024. And nobody is more upset about it than former actress Kirstie Alley.

As soon as she heard about the new criteria, Alley took to Twitter to voice her outrage.

“This is a disgrace to artists everywhere,” the 69-year-old wrote in a since-deleted tweet. “Can you imagine telling Picasso what had to be in his f*cking paintings. You people have lost your minds. Control artists, control individual thought… OSCAR ORWELL.”

After deleting the tweet, Alley posted a second one that said, “I’ve been in the motion picture Academy for 40 years. The Academy celebrates freedom of UNBRIDLED artistry expressed through movies. The new RULES to qualify for Best Picture are dictatorial.. anti-artist.. Hollywood you’re swinging so far left you’re bumping into your own a**.”

When renowned director Ava Duvernay responded to Alley’s second tweet with a GIF of a Black man slamming the door in a white man’s face, Alley replied, “I ask you to explore my record of diversity and inclusion in anything I’ve produced and throughout my life. I’m not perfect but have fought for human and civil rights for 50 years. I just don’t agree [with] mandated, impossible to ‘police’ quotas as a prerequisite [for] a ‘best’ picture.”

Later, Alley tweeted yet again. This time she softened her tone and said that, actually, she thinks diversity in film is awesome and that people need to be more inclusive and tolerant or others.

“I deleted my first tweet about the new rules for best movie OSCARS because I feel it was a poor analogy & misrepresented my viewpoint,” she wrote. “I am 100 per cent behind diversity inclusion and tolerance. I’m opposed to MANDATED ARBITRARY percentages relating to hiring human beings in any business.”

She followed that up with a string of barely-coherent, self-congratulatory tweets boasting about how inclusive she truly is and scolding people about being more understanding.

Alley’s career hit a brick wall in 2016 after she endorsed Donald Trump for president in 2016. In 2019, she briefly made tabloid headlines when she spoke out against Hollywood for, wait for it, not being more inclusive of Trump supporters.

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Queerty