After Failed Apology, Academy Agrees To Meet With Members On Treatment Of Asians During Oscars

UPDATED, Wednesday, 9:34 AM: The Academy leadership has decided to meet with its 24 members to hear them out and figure out solutions moving forward in regards to the Asian community and sensitivity issues. This comes after AMPAS CEO Dawn Hudson issued a pro-forma apology letter yesterday to the group who were upset over Asians being used as the butt of jokes that perpetuated stereotypes to a worldwide audience during the Oscar telecast.

After more correspondence from the group to the Academy leadership yesterday challenging the organization for failing to address any “concrete” steps to make sure that Asians are treated with respect, the Academy said they would make time to meet. Yesterday, after the letter from the 24 was made public, AMPAS sent out a press release noting that they had made changes to its board to reflect diversity and then issued the apology (see below).

EXCLUSIVE, Previously Tuesday, 4:50PM: The Academy sent out an apology letter this afternoon to the 24 members who asked AMPAS to be more sensitive to concerns of the Asian community. However, the organization did not address any future measures about what they will do to change things internally going forward.

The apology letter, written by AMPAS CEO Dawn Hudson to the 24, said “we are committed to doing our best” and that its leadership will exercise more oversight “to make sure that concerns like yours are fully addressed.” The communication, which basically reads like a form letter, apologizes for offending the Asian community with an Oscar telecast that used Asians as the butt of jokes this year.

While the Academy called the concerns “valid,” the leadership did not address specifically what the 24 asked for, which were what “concrete steps” the organization would undertake “to ensure that all people are portrayed with dignity and respect.” We are told that none of the 24 who received this letter were asked to meet to discuss this issue with the leadership of the Academy, which has raised even more concerns that they are not being taken seriously. Many of the 24 are said to be writing back asking for concrete answers to hold the Academy’s feet to the fire.

Here is the Academy’s apology letter to the 24:

Dear Friends and other concerned Academy members,

Thank you for taking the time to voice your concerns about our 88th Oscar show, which are valid. We appreciate your perspective and take your points very seriously. It certainly was never the Academy’s intent to offend anyone.

We are committed to doing our best to ensure that material in future Oscar telecasts be more culturally sensitive.

It pains us that any aspect of the show was considered offensive, and I apologize for any hurt the skits caused.

Our Awards Committee and Academy leadership will be exercising more oversight to make sure that concerns like yours are fully addressed.

With warm regards,

Dawn Hudson

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