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Will Smith Says He's 'Very Pleased At How Quickly The Academy Responded' To Diversity Issue

Will Smith Says He's 'Very Pleased At How Quickly The Academy Responded' To Diversity Issue

Will Smith is dapper in a suit while hitting the red carpet at the special screening of Concussion held at the Ham Yard Hotel on Thursday (January 28) in London, England.

The following morning, the 47-year-old actor switched into something more casual to visit the BBC Radio 2 studios in support of the flick.

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Will and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith are boycotting the 2016 Oscars due to a lack of diversity, and he recently opened up about being quite pleased with the Academy’s response.

“I was very pleased at how quickly and aggressively the Academy responded,” Will told the BBC. “I want to be very clear about the spirit of what I’m saying. This is far beyond me. This has nothing to do with me. This has nothing to do with awards. That’s a really frivolous reason for me to put my hand up and make a statement. For me this is much more about the idea of diversity and inclusion.”

“I think that it’s not us and them—it’s we,” Will concluded. “I’m a member of the Academy, so it’s much more a domestic family issue than it is a civil rights issue, so it’s a problem we all have to solve.”

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