Oscars boycott: Will Smith supports Jada, says it’s not about him

Oscars boycott: Will Smith supports Jada, says it’s not about him

Mfonobong Akpan

Hollywood actor Will Smith has joined the numbers who have openly stated their decision to stay away from the 2016 Oscars Award.

The actor, who failed to earn a nomination for his role in “Concussion,” disclosed to “Good Morning America’s” Robin Roberts,

“We’ve discussed it,” Will said of his wife,”We’re part of this community, but at this current time, we’re uncomfortable to stand there and say that ‘this is OK.’”

“My wife’s not going. It would be awkward to show up with Charlize [Theron],” the actor joked. Will also explained that he was out of the country when Jada launched her Oscars boycott on social media.

“She’s deeply passionate and when she is moved, she has to go,” he said of Jada. “I heard her words and I was knocked over. I was happy to be married to that woman,” he said.

The actor explained that he hopes the Smith family will be “part of the solution” to Hollywood’s ongoing diversity issue.

“There is a position that we hold in this community, and if we’re not part of the solution, we’re part of the problem,” he added. “It was her call to action, for herself, and for me and for our family to be a part of the solution.”

Will told Robin that his wife’s decision to boycott the film industry’s biggest night is more than his lack of a nomination.

“There’s probably a part of that in there but, for Jada, had I been nominated and no other people of colour were, she would have made the video anyway. We’d still be here having this conversation. This is so deeply not about me,” he said. “This is about children that are gonna sit down and they’re gonna watch this show and they’re not going to see themselves represented.”

“Everyone is beautiful and deserving and is fantastic but it feels like it’s going the wrong direction,” he said. “The nominations reflect the Academy. The Academy reflects the industry [Hollywood] and then the industry reflects America. There is a regressive slide towards separatism, towards racial and religious disharmony and that’s not the Hollywood that I want to leave behind.”

Source: Access Hollywood

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