Stars are boycotting the Oscars left and right for a lack of diversity at this year’s ceremony and Will smith is the latest to jump on the bandwagon. He says his wife Jada Pinkett’s decision not to attend heavily influenced him and find out why he hows this will spark change.
Will Smith tells GMA that if he and Jada Pinkett Smith don’t boycott the Oscars this year, then they are part of the problem. He says that if they attend after the massive backlash that the Oscars have received because no individuals of color were nominated for the second year in a row, then they appear to be accepting, when they are actually outraged. Will says this has nothing to do with the fact that he wasn’t nominated for his movie, Concussion, and says that even if he was nominated he would still boycott for a lack of diversity.
“This is about children that are going to sit down and they’re going to watch this show and they’re not going to see themselves represented,” he told GMA. “No [I will not attend]. We’ve discussed it. We are a part of this community. We’re uncomfortable to stand there and say that this okay.”
Just a few days ago, Jada took to Facebook and posted a video on Jan. 18 where she said she was going to boycott the show this year and hoped others would follow her lead.”Here’s what I know … begging for acknowledgment or even asking, diminishes dignity and diminishes power. And we are powerful, and let’s not forget it,” she said. “So let’s let the Academy do them with all grace and love, and let’s do us differently. At the Oscars … people of color are always welcomed to give out awards … even entertain, but we are rarely recognized for our artistic accomplishments. Should people of color refrain from participating all together?”
We told you that Will wasn’t the only one snubbed, Idris Elba (Beasts of No Nation) and Samuel L. Jackson (The Hateful Eight) were also left out. This in turn caused the #OscarsSoWhite hashtage to become a trending topic nation wide. Plus, the only nomination for the hailed, Straight Outta Compton went to the two white screenwriters. Jada went on to say in her video: “”The Academy has the right to acknowledge whomever they choose, to invite whomever they choose. And now I think that it’s our responsibility now to make the change. Hey Chris, I will not be at the Academy Awards and I won’t be watching, but I can’t think of a better man to do the job at hand this year than you, my friend. Good luck!”
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