New Yorker Tackles #OscarsSoWhite In Latest Cover

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Daniel Clowes' cover art, entitled "Privileged Characters," shows the ceremony's golden statue on the red carpet, while awards with darker hues are kept behind the velvet ropes.

The diversity controversy that's behind the scenes of the 2016 Oscars is now front-and-center on The New Yorker.

The Feb. 29 issue, released Monday, features a cover illustration showing the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences ceremony's golden statuette on the red carpet, while awards with darker hues are kept behind the velvet ropes.

Entitled "Privileged Characters," the piece was created by cartoonist and scriptwriter Daniel Clowes. "I don't like to talk about my work — it’s best to let the image stand for itself," he said of the cover.

The New Yorker cover is the latest piece of the #OscarsSoWhite discussion, which began online and throughout the industry when the 2016 acting nominees did not include any actors of color.

The controversy has spurred an overhaul of the Academy's membership in order to promote diversity among the awards categories, though many have noted that the lack of inclusion stems from earlier stages of the project development process.

See the cover art below.

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