Emma Thompson offers the sensible solution of killing all the old white Oscar members to make things more diverse

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Emma Thompson's Unusual Solution to Oscars Diversity Row

For every strangely tone-deaf answer from an acting legend, there's a refreshingly funny one. Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, Emma Thompson responded to the #OscarsSoWhite controversy with typical sense and sensibility. "It's hilarious. It's no change there. It's not as if it's ever been awash with people of color," Thompson said. "Let's face it, the Oscar membership is mainly old, white men. That's the fact of it. Either you wait for them all to die, or kill them off slowly. There's so many options, aren't there?" True! This, we should point out, was the thinking around same-sex-marriage supporters — that you just needed a homophobic older generation to die out. She added a more constructive note afterwards, saying that the Screen Actors Guild was proactively trying to change the demographic makeup of its membership to make it more diverse.

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Emma Thompson offers the sensible solution of killing all the old white Oscar members to make things more diverse
BURBANK, CA - DECEMBER 09: Actress Emma Thompson attends the U.S. premiere of Disney's 'Saving Mr. Banks', the untold backstory of how the classic film 'Mary Poppins' made it to the screen, at the Walt Disney Studios on December 9, 2013 in Burbank, California. The film opens this Holiday season. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07: Emma Thompson, winner of the Richard Harris Award poses at an after party for the Moet British Independent Film Awards 2014 at Old Billingsgate Market on December 7, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images for The Moet British Independent Film Awards)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07: Keira Knightley (L) and Emma Thompson attend an after party celebrating The Moet British Independent Film Awards 2014 at Old Billingsgate Market on December 7, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images for The Moet British Independent Film Awards)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 11: Emma Thompson speaks onstage at the 3rd annual Sean Penn & Friends HELP HAITI HOME Gala benefiting J/P HRO presented by Giorgio Armani at Montage Beverly Hills on January 11, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for J/P Haitian Relief Organization)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 06: Emma Thompson attends the launch of The Estee Lauder Companies' UK Breast Cancer Awareness (BCA) Campaign 2014 'Hear Our Stories. Share Yours' at Kensington Palace on October 6, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images for Estee Lauder)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 11: Actress Phyllida Law wears her Officer of the Order of the British Empire) award, with daughters Sophie Thompson and Emma Thompson (R) after the Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace on November 11, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by John Stillwell-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 05: Actress Emma Thompson attends the 2014 The New York Philharmonic Spring Gala featuring 'Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street' at Josie Robertson Plaza at Lincoln Center on March 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 02: Actress Emma Thompson signs copies of 'The Spectacular Tale Of Peter Rabbit'at Barnes & Noble Tribeca on October 2, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 20: Emma Thompson attends a photocall for BAFTA's Screenwriter Lecture series at BFI Southbank on September 20, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 05: Actors Emma Thompson (L) and Bryn Terfel perform at the 2014 The New York Philharmonic Spring Gala featuring 'Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street' at Josie Robertson Plaza at Lincoln Center on March 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 11: Emma Thompson attends the UK premiere of 'Walking On Sunshine' at The Vue West End on June 11, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
British actress Emma Thompson (L) with daughter Gaia Wise (R) arriving on the red carpet for the BAFTA British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House in London on February 16, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW COWIE (Photo credit should read ANDREW COWIE/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Emma Thompson poses in the winners room at the EE British Academy Film Awards 2014 at The Royal Opera House on February 16, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15: Actress Emma Thompson speaks as The New York Times and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences host a conversation with Emma Thompson, star of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures' 'Saving Mr. Banks' moderated by Janet Maslin on November 15, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Walt Disney Studios)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 20: Actress Emma Thompson attends the Closing Night Gala European Premiere of 'Saving Mr Banks' during the 57th BFI London Film Festival at Odeon Leicester Square on October 20, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for BFI)
LTORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 12: Actors Emma Thompson and Pierce Brosnan of 'Love Punch' poses at the Guess Portrait Studio during 2013 Toronto International Film Festival on September 12, 2013 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
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