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Will Smith on Academy Diversity: 'There is No Us & Them'

Will Smith on Academy Diversity: 'There is No Us & Them'

Will Smith is all smiles while signing fan autographs as he touches back down at LAX Airport on Friday (January 29) in Los Angeles.

The 47-year-old actor was busy promoting his new movie Concussion overseas.

During an interview on The Graham Norton Show, Will was asked about the lack of diversity at the 2016 Oscars.

“There is no us and them. It’s we,” Will said. “I’m a member of the Academy…For me, it’s more about putting my hand up and reminding my community, the Hollywood community, that we have to lead. That diversity is America’s superpower. That’s what makes our country great.”

He added, “If you lead with love and light, good is always going to come out of it.”


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  • Vibrant C. Mandate

    Bull. If it is TRULY “we”, color should not matter. What Will & Jada have done is to cast doubt on ALL US POC as to whether or not Award is “DESERVED” now. Inorganic, & NOT always appreciated. He just mad he’s not nominated.

  • rrodriguez0309

    i guess for black people diversity is only them “BLACKS” for me diversity. Is latinos, Asians Etc.. and you don’t see them complaining… The problem here is that when black people think something is not fair they want the whole world to agree or it’s considered racist. ETC.. if another ethnicity or say “Asian” actor didn’t get his nominations at the grammy’s and this actor really deserved it.. at this moment Blacks would keep their mouths shut!! (hopefully people understood what i said) i suck at phrasing things

  • Jenny from the flop

    Still pressed you didnt get nominated will?

  • Vibrant C. Mandate

    IKR? I see no Polynesians complaining…..etc.

  • rrodriguez0309

    Ok i found a better way to simply put it.. It’s only a “Diversity Issue” if black people feel their the ones not getting the recognition they “deserve”.. Black people won’t dare speak out or mention diversity if it’s any other race!!! and its quite hypocritical if you ask me! ….

  • rrodriguez0309

    Ok i found a better way to simply put it.. It’s only a “Diversity Issue” if black people feel their the ones not getting the recognition they “deserve”.. Black people won’t dare speak out or mention diversity if it’s any other race!!! and its quite hypocritical if you ask me! ….

  • DR. SMART

    That’s not how it works, white Uncle Tom slaveboy of the british nonempire Will Smith.

  • Eathan Crane

    Damage control. There is no us and them, it’s we? Really Will? So why did your wife cause all this diversity issue in the first place? Why aren’t you, as a producer, working on this diversity problem in your movies? You mostly cast your family and close friends, you don’t cast Asians or Hispanic people. So, cut the crap Will, you and your wife are racist, and that’s a fact.

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  • Bailey Bud

    Lol, I’ve never posted a comment in my life, yet in the last week, I’ve been letting this nonsense consume me! Anyone with half a brain knows that Jada is writing checks she can’t cash. She threw a stone and the ripple effect has us all up in arms. Racism and discrimination have their proper forums for discussion and it’s in poor taste for the Smiths to bite the hand that feeds them. Racism is a serious word, with serious ramifications. By carelessly and ignorantly using this word to establish themselves as victims to garner sympathy, they have officially crippled the real victims of Racism who are suffering and with whom reform due is now reform minimized. What scares me, and what should scare every American citizen at this moment…..are the elite black community that have everything yet claim to have nothing, the next Nazi Regime?

  • Bailey Bud

    Lol, I’ve never posted a comment in my life, yet in the last week, I’ve been letting this nonsense consume me! Anyone with half a brain knows that Jada is writing checks she can’t cash. She threw a stone and the ripple effect has us all up in arms. Racism and discrimination have their proper forums for discussion and it’s in poor taste for the Smiths to bite the hand that feeds them. Racism is a serious word, with serious ramifications. By carelessly and ignorantly using this word to establish themselves as victims to garner sympathy, they have officially crippled the real victims of Racism who are suffering and with whom reform due is now reform minimized. What scares me, and what should scare every American citizen at this moment…..are the elite black community that have everything yet claim to have nothing, the next Nazi Regime?

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