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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 19 December 2018

Exclusive: Adam Lambert on the Oscars: ‘I’d like to see other examples of diversity be represented’

Adam Lambert says he would like to see other cultures which are underrepresented also be recognised by the Oscars. Charles Sykes / Invision / AP
Adam Lambert says he would like to see other cultures which are underrepresented also be recognised by the Oscars. Charles Sykes / Invision / AP

Adam Lambert has spoken out on the continuing Oscars diversity controversy, calling for other minority groups to be recognised.

In January, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announced emergency voting and membership reform, following the viral #OscarsSoWhite campaign. Prominent African-American stars including Jada Pinkett Smith, Spike Lee and Will Smith pledged to boycott the February 28 ceremony.

Now former American Idol star Lambert has stepped into the fray, saying more should be done to shine the spotlight on other sidelined ethnic and social groups.

“I know the debate sparked from the lack of black American actors in films getting recognised,” said Lambert, 34, in an exclusive interview with The National.

“In addition to that, we need more diversity in general.

“The Oscar race is predominately white and male, and I’d like to see some other examples of diversities come through — there are a lot of other cultures which are underrepresented, and there’s a lot of different ways in which the Oscars could be more diverse.”

Lambert — who famously sang “Hollywood sold out” in 2015 hit Ghost Town — will perform at Dubai’s RedFest DXB on Friday February 12.

Check our full interview and festival preview on Wednesday’s Arts&Life.

Updated: February 8, 2016 04:00 AM

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