In an interview at the Sundance Film Festival, Danny DeVito voiced his opinion on the Oscars diversity issue, and like Whoopi Goldberg and Nick Cannon, he thinks the problem is much larger than this particular awards show.
“It’s unfortunate that the entire country is a racist country…" he said, “Even though some people have given really great performances in movies, they weren’t even thought about. We’re living in a country that discriminates, and has certain racist tendencies.”
DeVito discussed the issue further with The Daily Beast, adding:
There were some good performances by people of color, and yeah, it’s blatant. We do live in a racist country. We have to evolve and have to realize that truth and reconciliation is here, too—it’s not only in South Africa or Cambodia. Young people have to learn what happened in our history, and we need people to know that we’re walking on the boards of genocide.
He contextualized the country's racist history by pointing out that racist entitlement was literally how the country began:
This is a place where people settled in and they came to be called Native Americans. Now all of a sudden these big ships appear out of the blue like demons in the daylight, and everything changed. Genocide happened and we’re all in it. But we can’t lean on that xenophobia. We need to understand what happened and realize that we’re all human beings who are cut from the same cloth.
You can watch Danny DeVito, Don Cheadle, and Sam Neill discusshow the industry needs to change here: