VIA| Responding to the hype about the “white Oscars,” Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump observed that white artists aren’t eligible for BET awards.

“Well, I think it’s a tough situation,” Trump told the “Fox & Friends” gang. “I think it’s really sad. And Al [Sharpton] is just a guy who wants to get publicity for himself. And I understand him very well.”

Al Sharpton called for a boycott of the Academy Awards ceremony after observing that the academy had failed to nominate a single person of color for the second year in a row.

In response, entertainers including Snoop Doog and George Clooney have raised protests, as have Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee.

“I saw somebody on your show today say, ‘What do we do with BET, Black Entertainment, right?’” Trump said. “The whites don’t get any nominations. And I thought it was an amazing interview, actually. I’ve never even thought of it from that standpoint.”

He continued: “But with all of that being said, it would certainly be nice if everybody could be represented properly. And hopefully that’s the case, but perhaps it’s not the case. It’s a difficult situation.”

A discussion swirled on Twitter after Trump’s comments.

Someone eventually made this observation of actor Will Smith, who was overlooked by the nomination committee.

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