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Will Smith On 2016 Oscars Boycott: 'This Is Completely Not About Me'

Will Smith On 2016 Oscars Boycott: 'This Is Completely Not About Me'

Will Smith is all smiles while hitting the carpet at the photo call for his latest film Concussion on Wednesday (January 27) at the Villamagna Hotel in Madrid, Spain.

The 47-year-old actor and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith are boycotting the 2016 Oscars due to a lack of diversity, and recently opened up more about the issue.

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“I consider the Hollywood community my extended family. So to me, there is a problem that we, as a Hollywood community, as a Hollywood family, have to solve, and we’re going to work really hard to make it right,” Will told the Europa Press. “Family is everything for me. The reason to do everything that I do is be able to have love.”

“This is completely not about me. I didn’t feel hurt,” Will added. “To me it is much more about eliminating the beauty of what makes America and what makes Hollywood great. And diversity is our superpower. I don’t believe that we can allow it to slip away from the beauty of the diversity and the cultural rainbow that is America. I think Hollywood needs to not only reflect that, but Hollywood needs to lead in the creation of that imagery. So I want to leave a more colorful and diverse Hollywood than the one I found.”

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  • Conte435

    Please Will Smith tell us more truths …. Like marriage solid, your not g a y and your not a scientologist.

    Will Smith is a mediocre actor by 40 already had 2 Oscar nominations
    Almost every major black film actor has a Oscar nomination or win .

    2013 black directed & written Slave movie and black actress won Oscar’s 2 year later same voters are a bunch racist .

    Spain, why is whites are racist until American blacks have to sell their music or movies, then it’s always Europe and Australia.

    Why don’t they hawk their crap in Africa and Asia , South America.

  • Ariana

    Of course this is about him! Otherwise if he got nominated, he and his dumb wife would not make this an issue. Race bating is dangerous.

  • mahalo1990

    W. Smith needs to just stop talking on this topic… he is sounding more and more like he is trying to dig himself out of a hole. You should not have to explain what you mean so many times – either to many people disagree with you or they do not think you know what you are talking about and need constant clarification!

  • Ariana

    And now Obama got involved, Typical. Him talking about people getting equal opportunities is laughable. Is that why Malia has been getting fancy internships working on movie sets over more experience and talented kids around her age? She is there due to nepotism and cronyism. The same thing that Will Smiths kids are benefiting from. That is black privilege right there.

  • Arx

    Its hilarious how people now hate Will Smith because he has an opinion. He he needs to stop talking about this before the white folks completely turn on him.

  • Curt Noydb

    You have a 45 million dollar mansion in the Hills. Two private jets, a slew of expensive cars not to mention clothes jewelry, etc (much of which is given to you) as well as a multi million dollar bank account. Please, tell us again how much it sucks to be Black in Ho0llywood.

  • Ariana

    Yeah. I don’t understand the protesters mentality . 12 Years a Slave won Oscars in 2014 but now that 2015 and 2016 are all white nominees, suddenly the Academy is racist? Makes no sense! They are just bitter and angry that they are not nominated. The fact is; No Black actor/actress gave a worthy performance in comparison to Leonardo, Brie Larson, Jennifer Lawrence or any of the other nominees. Its has nothing to do with being white to black but who gave the best performance/movie.

  • Ariana

    His opinion is self-serving and if he were a nominee right now, he would not even bring this up. Or his wife.

  • Ariana

    Not to mention both of his kids have the luxury of dropping out of high school and have had Hollywood careers handed to them via nepotism. Yeah, I don’t feel sorry for Will and Jada or Spike Lee at all.

  • Do Tell

    I’m probably in the minority here, but I agree with Smith. Hollywood should reflect great diversity. When Hollywood shut Benicio Del Toro out of a nomination, I felt it was terribly unfair. Not bc he is Mexican, but bc his great work was ignored and he “happens to be” Mexican.

    I don’t understand how the Academy nominated the actor in “Bridge of Spies” over Benicio Del Toro.

  • Camila Oliveira

    Benicio del Toro is Puerto Rican though. Not all latinos are mexican, you know?

  • Arx

    I agree but why so much hate? He didnt cheat on his wife, rape little girls, or commit a crime… All he did was speak his mind. I don’t understand why celebs get so much hate for saying what they actually think even if they say stupid shit.

  • Ariana

    And turn it into a racial issue and made it about himself not getting nominated for an Oscar. Your point?

  • Arx

    People are acting like he raped 50 women. He stated his opinion. Whats your point?

  • bob21112

    So, if Hollywood is at fault, would some wise liberal (oxymoron) please tell me exactly how many different categories of people should be included and how many more awards presented. I’m a hazel-eyed, gray haired white guy of Scottish-Irish decent and I demand the Academy nominates someone just like me.

  • D. Foxx

    But he didn’t make this an issue. Stop being a follower. If you weren’t a sheep you would’ve known Jada started this without Will in the know. He wasn’t even in America. So he didn’t make this an issue, his wife did.

  • D. Foxx

    no such thing as “black privilege”, only “white privilege”

  • D. Foxx

    he’s literally said the same thing the whole time. He never changed his stance. And he only did 2 interviews. He said it wasn’t about him the first time and said it again this time. Stop being a sheep.

  • Jackson Brito

    The boycott is not about the Oscars, Its about the INDUSTRY(Directors, Writers and Producers) who doesn’t give opportunity for minorities (Womens, gay people, black people and latinos). How many black actors have you seen starring movies as protagonist during the year ? Now, tell me how many white actors ?

    Do you think this is fair ?

    46% of tickets at the cinema box office are bought by african Americans. Then they contribute financially to hollywood movies, so they need to be represented on screen.

    As Viola Davis said at the Emmy speech

    “The only thing that separates colored people from anyone else is OPPORTUNITY .You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there”

    However, Had rather good black actors to be nominated like, Idris Elba, Beasts of no nation, Samuel L Jackson, The Hateful Eight directed by Quentin Tarantino.

    SO, SHUT UP, AND DO NOT SAY SHIT, YOUR FUCKING RACIST BITCH

  • D. Foxx

    HE NEVER MADE IT ABOUT HIMSELF. Do people just read headlines or listen to pieces of interviews? Please show me proof where he said “I deserved a nomination” or “this is about me”. Do you even know who started this? Do you know that Will Smith got snubbed about 8 years ago? Do you know that Will Smith never said “black people don’t get nominated enough”? DO you know that Will said, the Oscars were more diverse when he got nominated?He didn’t turn this into a racial issue. He just simply gave his opinion about an issue that was already prevalent. Obviously, this isn’t about Will Smith. If it was, then I guess Spike Lee, Don Cheadle and Viola Davis are speaking for Will too.

  • Jackson Brito

    What’s wrong with him to help their children in their career ?

    Merly Streep made a film with her daughter and no one said anything. The niece of Julia Roberts, Emma Roberts is starring in movies and television shows (AHS: Coven, Frak Show and Scream Queens)
    Taissa Farmiga is the younger sister of actress Vera Farmiga, who is in Bates Motel series, scored films as Bling Ring with Emma Watson and TV series (AHS: Murder House, Coven)

    Exist a lot of celebrities who makes the same thing. Please, Stop being so DUMB and STUPID.

  • Jackson Brito

    HAHAHAHAHAHA ” Black Privelege” You must be kidding me ?
    Tell me more about, how is hard to be a white person ?

  • Jackson Brito

    Bitch, Its not about him. Its about the INDUSTRY (Directors, Writers and Producers) who doesn’t give OPPORTUNITY to black actors play good roles and then be nominated.

  • Do Tell

    Thank you. My mistake. I must have his history confused with another actor… someone else I must have read about who was Mexican.

    Anyway, I love Benicio Del Toro. He’s a great actor, but I’ve noticed he has not been in a lot of Oscar-worthy films. Hollywood should not waste talent like Del Toro and Javier Bardem.

  • http://notly.ru/ Mapгapитa Бaбoвниковa

    He seems clever.

    But “Don’t hate, stop complaining, do something” is not popular opinion.

  • Jenny from the flop

    Then they are you and your wife the only ones who ranting on about boycott? Will, its always about you and your narcissistic wife.

  • SS

    It isn’t about him. He skipped the 1989 Grammy awards ceremony too even though he won the award, because the rap performances were not being televised. And please don’t diss him about the money he has or what he owns — he has the courage to speak about the issue, whether you agree with it or not.

  • Ariana

    That fact that Obama’s kid was able to land fancy internships at the expense of nepotism means she benefits from black privilege. Do you think she sent in a resume, waiting hours at an office for an interview like most other people do?
    Not every single white person ends up with a Tom Cruise or Brad Pitt type career moron. They work harder then Obamas’s spoiled brats.

  • Ariana

    Hush idiot. If Will Smith was nominated right now, he wouldn’t even bring this up. He and his dumb wife don’t help anyone else other then their own children.

  • Ariana

    No you stop being dumb and stupid. For Will and Jada to complain about this Oscar issue is stupid. They are jealous of the whites this shows you.
    Wills kids have no talent yet they keep getting rammed down our throats. They are taking away opportunities from the actual talented kids who don’t have Will Smith as their daddy.

  • Ariana

    Malia Obama benefits from black privledge.

  • Ariana

    Both of them did.

  • Ariana

    No the boycott is a bunch of racist black cry-babies whining at that fact that theyt didn’t get nominated for Oscars. Did they stop and think and that maybe those nominated performed better then them? The Oscars are about talent, not skin color. You don’t get an Oscar just for being black. You, Will and the rest of the idiots don’t seem to get that.

  • Ariana

    This is about him and he doesn’t have to say it. Blacks boycotting the Oscars is stupid. If thats the case, then other people should boycott the BET awards, the NBA and Miss Black America because they don’t include other races of people too.

  • D. Foxx

    You’re ignorant. There’s no such thing

  • Ariana

    Yes there. She is a spoiled rich brat who only got those internships due to being the POTUS kid. She has more opportunities then the white kids do.

  • D. Foxx

    No there isn’t. That’s like saying there’s “reverse racism”. What you just said doesn’t even sound like “black privilege”, it sounds like “I’m the President’s daughter”…which carries a lot more weight and validity, by the way, not something stupid like, “black privilege”. She has more opportunities because her father is the leader of the free world, not because she’s black. You’re so ignorant. Black privilege would involve going back in time and not worrying about being lynched. Black privilege would involve never being segregated. Black privilege would be walking outside and not worrying about people looking at you differently because of skin color. THERE IS NO BLACK PRIVILEGE. Get real.

  • Jackson Brito

    No it’s not, his kids are very talented. You are just an RACIST. Because if he was WHITE, you’d say nothing.

  • Jackson Brito

    Do you think the other black kids who are anonymous and poor has the same opportunity that Obama’s kids ?

    The only benefit that Obama’s kids have, is simply by the fact of being the PRESIDENT’S KIDS. AND NOT FOR BEING BLACK.

    YOU NEED GET BACK TO HIGH SCHOOL, BECAUSE YOU ARE SO STUPID AND IGNORANT

  • Jackson Brito

    He helps the black community, representing them in the movies.
    However, How many black actors you see throughout the year starring in movies?

    DO NOT SAY WHATt YOU DONT KNOW.

  • Jackson Brito

    BITCH, YOU NEED GET BACK TO HIGH SCHOOL AND LEARN TO READ AND INTERPRET A TEXT

    I did not say that Oscar is racist, but the INDUSTRY (Directors, Writers and Producers) that give no opportunity to black actors interpret good characters, and then be nominated and compete with the other actors.

    The boycott was about THE LACK OF INDICATION OF BLACK ACTORS TO OSCAR.They do not want to win Oscar for free.They want to have their talent recognized. No matter if they won or lose, just being nominated is enough

  • Jackson Brito

    THE ONLY PERSON THAT HAS PRIVILEGES HERE IS YOU BITCH

    LOOK THIS ARTICLE TO YOU UNDERSTAND THAT EXIST ONLY WHITE PRIVILEGE

    http://www.mtv.com/news/2731346/macklemore-white-privilege-2/

    http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/4-things-macklemore-told-us-about-white-privilege-ii-20160125

  • Ariana

    You don’t know me at all bitch so screw off.
    Malia Obama infact has more privledge then Jennifer Lawrence does.

  • Ariana

    Go die you black bitch.

  • Ariana

    Black jealous bitch.

  • Ariana

    His kids have more privilege then even the avg white kids in America do. That is a fact. So screw off dumb black bitch! Go watch Malia Obama’s future terrible movies !

  • Ariana

    Nigrima bitcht!

  • Ariana

    She has opportunities because she is a rich black girl.
    So shut up! Malia Obama infact is more privilege then the likes of Jennifer Lawrence, Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise and many other white stars. She is only there due to nepotism. Not talent.

  • Ariana

    Go get raped by a KKK idiot

  • Princess Poppy Cockatoo

    Benicio Del Toro is Puerto Rican…just saying. But I agree with you that he should have been nominated for Sicario.