Mark Ruffalo blasts 'white-privilege racism' in America

Mark Ruffalo, Viola Davis and director Stephen Soderbergh are the latest stars to talk about the Oscars race row.

Mark Ruffalo blasts 'white-privilege racism' in America

Mark Ruffalo and Viola Davis have tackled the Oscars race row.

Following the announcement of the Academy Awards nominations earlier this month, numerous actors have spoken out about the lack of diversity among the list - with not one white name featured.

'Avengers: Age of Ultron' actor Mark and 'The Help' actress Viola are among the latest to speak about the controversial debate.

Mark told BBC Breakfast: "It isn't just the Academy Awards. The entire American system is rife with the kind of white-privilege racism that goes into our justice system."

He added that he wasn't sure if he would be attending the ceremony, explaining: "I'm weighing it, yes. That's where I'm at right now. I woke up in the morning thinking, 'What is the right way to do this?' Because if you look at Martin Luther King's legacy, what he was saying is the good people who don't act are much worse than the wrongdoers who are purposely not acting and don't know the right way."

Mark later clarified on Twitter that he will be making an appearance at the Oscars.

Meanwhile, Viola said she will be not be there, but not necessarily because she is boycotting the awards - instead because she will be on vacation.

She told Entertainment Tonight: "The problem is not with the Oscars. problem is with the Hollywood movie-making system.

"How many black films are being produced every year? How are they being distributed? The films that are being made, are the big-time producers thinking outside of the box in terms of how to cast the role? Can you cast a black woman in that role? Can you cast a black man in that role?"

"The problem isn't even our pay. You could probably line up all the A-List black actresses out there [and] they probably don't make what one A-List white woman makes in one film. That's the problem. You can change the Academy, but if there are no black films being produced, what is there to vote for?"

Director Steven Soderbergh also spoke about the issue, saying the debate is distracting from the movies itself.

He also disagreed that Chris Rock should step down as host of the awards, insisting he should use the opportunity to make jokes about the scandal.

Steven told the New York Daily News: "He should absolutely host the show. In a weird way, he's the perfect person to do this right now because he'll be f**king funny. He should make Chris Rock jokes about it all night."

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