While Black Hollywood have as a matter of fact chosen to boycott The 88th Oscars Awards show to protest the lack of diversity in this year’s nominations, Kerry Washington decided to show up and send a message to the Academy.


Interviewed on the red carpet by host Robin Roberts, the Scandal star confessed why it was important for her to show up


“A lot of people have asked me why I’m here tonight, and the thing I’m thinking about is, if you look at the history of movements, the history of change, a lot of the voices are needed at the table,” Kerry told Robin Roberts on the red carpet. “I really respect and actually admire some of the people who are not here tonight, I really get it, but for me, I felt like my voice — in my heart — my voice is best used at the table.”


“As a new member of the Academy — I joined the Academy about three years ago — I really want to be part of the conversation to make sure there’s institutional change,” she continued, “so that we never have a year like this again, so that we can be as inclusive as possible.”


Watch what Kerry had to say below:



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