“We’re part of this community but at this current time, we’re uncomfortable to stand there and say that this is OK.”
Jada Pinkett Smith initially mentioned the boycott on her twitter account several days after the list of Academy Award nominees came out, marking the second year in a row that all of the acting categories consisted of white actors. She made things official two days later in a video post on Facebook. Now her husband Will Smith thinks it’s his responsibility to speak out about the lack of diversity in Hollywood as well.
Will Smith revealed on Good Morning America Thursday, January 21. “She’s deeply passionate, and when she’s moved, she has to go. I heard her words, and I was knocked over. I was happy to be married to that woman. I appreciated the push. There’s a position that we hold in this community, and if we’re not a part of the solution, we’re a part of the problem. It was her call to action for herself, for me and for our family to be a part of the solution.”
A quote from USA Today is one Will Smith said; “I think that I have to protect and fight for the ideals that make our country and make our Hollywood community great,” he said. “So when I look at the series of nominations from the Academy, it’s not reflecting that beauty.”
This has been a long on-going issue that has been brought to the public attention. This is the second straight year of all-white acting nominees and it’s putting heavy pressure on the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences to diversify its overwhelmingly white male membership participation.
This is an easily solved problem and I look forward to seeing what the solution will be and the progress this will make in our society.