Michael Moore: I can go to Hollywood, take three days of meetings, not encounter single African-American

"I haven't encountered a single black American with any decision-making power or authority," he said

By Scott Eric Kaufman
Published January 20, 2016 1:29PM (EST)

On "All In with Chris Hayes" Tuesday evening, documentarian Michael Moore discussed the decision by many African-American actors, actresses, and directors to boycott this year's Academy Awards presentation due to its lack of diversity.

Or, as Twitter dubbed it, the #OscarsSoWhite phenomenon.

Moore said that he stands in solidarity with Will Smith, Jada Pinkett-Smith, and Spike Lee, all of whom have declared that they will not be attending the ceremony. "I literally can go there, I can go [to Hollywood] and three days later, I haven't encountered a single African-American with any decision-making power or authority."

"It's amazing how segregated that community is -- it's the General Motors of that town, but you couldn't go to General Motors in Detroit for three days and not encounter a black American who has some power."

"It's a real problem," Moore concluded, before agreeing with Spike Lee, "who said today that there needs to be some real affirmative action."

Watch the entire clip below via MSNBC.

Director Michael Moore Joins Oscars Boycott

Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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