‘Joker’ Star Joaquin Phoenix Calls For Dismantling Of “Systemic Racism” In Winning Speech At BAFTA Awards [Video]

Published: Sunday 2nd Feb 2020 by Sam

Joaquin Phoenix has been racking up awards this season for his stunning portrayal of the ‘Joker’ in the blockbuster movie of the same name.

And while his winning streak proved no different tonight at the UK’s BAFTA Awards (the country’s equivalent of the Oscars), his speech hit quite a unique note.

For, in picking up the honor for Best Actor, he seized the moment to address the pressing issue in the room. That issue being a lack of diversity.

Leading up to the ceremony, even BAFTA organisers lamented the glaring omission of people of colour put forth by nominations committee, the domination of Caucasian males in key categories, and the total absence of females in the Best Director shortlist.

So problematic were the noms that an internal inquiry is being launched with a view to implement change ahead of next year.

Lighting a match under that cause, Phoenix did not hold back with the demand for change. He specifically stressed the need to dismantle “systematic racism” and even identified himself and his privilege as part of the problem. Intimating that it thus rendered him and others in the room key to establishing a solution.

Watch his powerful speech below…


Eloquent, impassioned, and laced with all sorts of truth, this hopefully will serve as a moment that resonates and brings about much needed change.

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  1. Diabeetus Unbothered February 2, 2020

    It is our fault as Black ppl for ALLOWING white ppl (both racist and non-racist) To STILL believe that We are at their Mercy. There is a way for us to live among white ppl as PURE BREED Americans with unmoved Power and Authority

    • Shayla Queen February 2, 2020

      By eating too many pies? ? Gurl… what you said about Kobe Bryant’s daughter wasn’t it…

    • Jonson February 3, 2020

      You have to work and use the computer and internet, and if you can do that and dedicate some time each day then you can do this with no problem.
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  2. No Glory February 2, 2020

    Oh SH*T. I agree 100% but they’re about to blackball his @ss now. White hollywood hates black people and people who advocate for them. Specifically those who speak out on injustices. Look up the receipts. Gabrielle Union, Mo’Nique, Katt Williams

  3. February 3, 2020

    I agree with him and he did a wonderful job in that movie joker, great movie.

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