Just days after Jada Pinkett Smith professed she will not be attending this year’s Academy Awards due to the lack of diversity, her husband Will Smith is speaking out.
Smith, who was overlooked by the Academy for his role in Concussion, revealed on Good Morning America that he would also not be attending the 2016 Oscars. “No,” he said when asked about attending the awards show. “My wife’s not going. It would be awkward to show up with Charlize [Theron].”
“We’ve discussed it,” Smith said. “We’re part of this community but at this current time, we’re uncomfortable to stand there and say that this is OK.”
As for Jada’s four-minute Facebook video explaining her decision to boycott the awards show, Smith says “She’s deeply passionate and when she is moved she has to go. I heard her words and I was knocked over. I was happy to be married to that woman.”
The actor continued, “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. It was her call to action, for herself, and for me and for our family to be a part of the solution.”
The Concussion star also admitted that diversity is absolutely lacking in this year’s nominees. “That’s why we are great,” Smith said. “So many different people from so many different places adding their ideas, their inspiration and their influences to this beautiful American gumbo.”
“For me, at its best, Hollywood represents and then creates the imagery for that beauty,” the 47-year-old shared. “But for my part, I think that I have to protect and fight for the ideals that make our country and make our Hollywood community great. So when I look at the series of nominations of the Academy, it’s not reflecting that beauty.”
And while Will explained that the nominees are “beautiful and deserving and is fantastic” it’s still “going in the wrong direction.”
Several celebrities, including Jada, Spike Lee and Snoop Dogg have stated they will be boycotting the show because of the lack of inclusion.
Meanwhile, the Academy’s president, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, expressed in a statement that “The Academy is taking dramatic steps to alter the makeup of our membership. In the coming days and weeks we will conduct a review of our membership recruitment in order to bring about much-needed diversity in our 2016 class and beyond.”
This is the second year in a row that the all the nominees in the acting categories do not include actors of color.
Watch full interview here.
Viola Davis, Gabrielle Union, Octavia Spencer & More … Is This The New Cast For “Black Panther 2”?
We’re still reeling from the high of Black Panther’s recording setting debut — pulling in $241 million opening weekend — however, we can’t help but think about the future and what could be in store for BP2.
While we’d want to see the original cast reprise their roles, we think these celebs could be a great addition to the group. Why, you ask? Because when Black Panther dropped they put their money where they mouth was and bought out theaters for kids to see the film. That deserves a little screen time in the sequel, right?
All right, maybe they won’t make it on the big screen for Black Panther 2, but here’s the list of stars who talk the talk and walk the walk, so we want to show them some luv…
Gabrielle Union & Dwyane Wade – The Wade’s post on Instagram about the importance of “Black Panther.” They also partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland, Miami, Omaha & Watts to send 100 kids from each club to see the film.
Black Panther is more than a movie, it’s a movement. We partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland, Miami, Omaha & Watts to send 100 kids from each club to see #BlackPanther & we gave each club a donation to help provide opportunities for the children they serve in our communities. If you can be a hero in someone’s life, be one. #wakandaforever✊🏾 #BlackPantherIsMoreThanAMovie #BlackPantherChallenge
Octavia Spencer – Octavia also hopped on Instagram to give families from Jackson, MS, and surrounding areas, a chance to see the Marvel movie.
Hey Jackson!!! As promised I have purchased screenings of Black Panther this weekend. If you know of families low on funds, please spread the word!Black Panther: Cinemark Pearl and XD 411 Riverwind Dr Pearl, MS 39208 2/17/18 Screen Times: 11am, 1pm, 2pm Small popcorn and small drink included for these screenings only. Also, Director Tate Taylor and Producer John Norris have purchased a screening in Natchez MS. Black Panther Natchez Regal IV 350 John R Junkin Dr Natxhez ms, 39120 2/17/18 12:30pm To get tickets in Natchez Contact Mayor Grennell’s office: 1-601-445-7555 All screenings are First come first served
Snoop Dogg – Uncle Snoop was so moved by Frederick Joseph, the New York-based philanthropist, who started the #BlackPantherChallenge encouraging people to donate to a GoFundMe page that would help provide children in Harlem with the opportunity to see BP, that he decided to do the dame for kids in LA. “I’m going to donate some money to the cause for the kids to check it out and also I’m going to reach out to the homeboy Ryan Coogler so that we can get an L.A. version of that so that kids in L.A. can go see a superhero movie and learn about a real black superhero,” Snoop stated. Not to be outdone, Viola Davis also took part in the challenge and sent kids in Austin to see the superhero flick.
Our friends at @CapCityBFF have accepted the @theheavierthings’ @gofundme #blackpantherchallenge to send 200 youth in #Austin to see @blackpanther. Let’s make this happen! Shout out to #ryancoogler @chadwickboseman @lupitanyongo @michaelbjordan @im.angelabassett @sterlingkbrown @MarvelStudios Donate (link in bio)
Serena Williams – The tennis champ, and new mommy/wife, surprised a group of young ladies from Black Girls Code in San Francisco with a private screening of Black Panther on Thursday night. Her hubby Alexis Ohanian captured the sweet moment on IG.
T.I. – The ATL rapper teamed up with Walmart to give away 300 tickets for an advanced screening of Black Panther last week in his hometown. “I think it’s imperative to know that there’s greatness inside of all of us and our children should know that early — that there’s greatness inside of them and that they all possess superhero-like qualities that will allow them to change the world. All they have to do is activate it,” T.I. said at the screening, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Offset & Lil Yachty – Not only have the two rappers teamed up for a new song (“Truck Load”), but they also took time out to join force for a philanthropic effort. The pair hit up El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood on Saturday, where “This is Us” writer Jas Waters set up a fully-funded screening for 500 foster and at-risk children. According to Waters, Offset and Yachty surprised the fans and ended up buying out the rest of the theatre!
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