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.