The New Yorker takes on #OscarsSoWhite with biting cover (photo)

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This week's "The New Yorker" issue is taking on the #OscarsSoWhite debate.

The Feb. 29 issue, released Monday, features an illustration Daniel Clowes titled "Privileged Characters" and shows golden Oscar statues walking the red carpet while statues with darker hues are kept behind a velvet rope.

The cover is taking a jab at the #OscarsSoWhite debate, a topic that has been the front and center of discussion since the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences failed to nominate a single person of color in this year's nominees for the second year in a row.

The outrage over the lack of diversity made stars and filmmakers like Will Smith and wife Jada Pinkett Smith, Michael Moore and Spike Lee say that they would not attend the ceremony this year.

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The New Yorker takes on #OscarsSoWhite with biting cover (photo)

Best Picture

The Big Short

(Photo via Paramount Pictures)

Best Picture

Bridge of Spies

(Photo via DreamWorks II Distribution Co.)

Best Picture


(Photo via Fox Searchlight)

Best Picture

Mad Max: Fury Road

(Photo via Warner Bros. Pictures)

Best Picture

The Martian

(Photo via 20th Century Fox)

Best Picture

The Revenant

(Photo via Twentieth Century Fox)

Best Picture


(Photo via A24 Films)

Best Picture


(Photo via Open Road Films)

Best Actor

Bryan Cranston

(Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

Best Actor

Matt Damon

(Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)

Best Actor

Leonardo DiCaprio

(Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images for Screen Actors Guild Foundation)

Best Actor

Michael Fassbender

(Photo by Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)

Best Actor

Eddie Redmayne

(Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

Best Actress

Cate Blanchette

(Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

Best Actress

Brie Larson

(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Best Actress

Jennifer Lawrence

(Photo by James Devaney/Getty Images)

Best Actress

Charlotte Rampling

(Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/WireImage)

Best Actress

Saoirse Ronan

(Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)


In response, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Jan. 22 what it referred to as "a sweeping series of substantive changes" to its rules to promote diversity in Academy membership and to double the number of women and diverse members of AMPAS by 2020.

The hashtag, #OscarsSoWhite, was created by April Reign in 2015 when she noticed that people of color were left out of the Oscar nominees across all categories. The hashtag resurfaced this January.

The 88th Academy Awards will take place this Sunday.

See the cover below.

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