Will Smith Boycotts the Oscars

Will Smith Boycotts the Oscars

Lady Bee Sandoval, Writer and Fashion Designer

“If we’re not a part of the solution, then we’re a part of the problem”, Will Smith told Entertainment News reporter Giuliana Ranic.

Will Smith will join his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, in boycotting the 2016 Academy Awards, due to the lack of diversity in the acting categories. Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee were among the first to announce they would not attend this year’s Oscars after only white actors were nominated for the second year in a row. “It was her call to action, for herself, and for me and for our family to be a part of the solution.”

Smith’s acting in Concussion — which shows the head trauma crisis in the NFL — is one of several roles that critics of the Oscars have pointed to, along with performances by Michael B. Jordan (Creed) and Idris Elba’s (Beasts of No Nation).

But Smith said his roles were not the only reason behind his wife’s decision to boycott, reminding us Pinkett Smith probably would have still made a video if he had been the only person of color to receive a nomination. “The nominations reflect the Academy,” Smith said. “The Academy reflects the industry and then the industry reflects America… We’re all in this together. We got to figure it out and we got to make it right.” Smith’s 2016 Oscar boycott won’t be his first of an awards ceremony. In 1989, he joined DJ Jazzy Jeff, LL Cool J and Salt-n-Pepa in declining to attend the Grammys after it was announced that the inaugural Best Rap Performance award would not be televised.