Will Smith says he was not advised wife would boycott Oscars, admires Jada Pinkett-Smith
4 February 2016 Entertainment News
Fourth Estate Staff
Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – Will Smith has talked about the video posted by his wife Jada Pinkett-Smith regarding her thoughts about this year’s Oscar nomination and he said that he was not advised about it but he admires his wife.
The 44-year-old actress posted on her Facebook page a lengthy video wherein she asked other actors and actresses of color to re-think what the Oscars is about and said that she will be boycotting the event. The actress also criticized the Academy for the lack of diversity in the nominations.
Smith then talked on BBC Radio 1’s “Breakfast Show” earlier this week and he said that he was actually in Thailand when his wife did the video. He pointed out that after he got off the plane, the paparazzi kept on asking him what he thought about his wife’s video and if he really won’t be going to the Oscars.
He added, "I got in the car and Googled and watched the video. I was like, 'Honey, is there anything you need to tell me?' She said, 'Oh, I didn't want to bother you on vacation.' 'Uh, you did. You really did.'"
Smith has been nominated for an Oscar twice in the past and he was expected to be nominated for his role as pathologist Dr. Bennet Omal in the 2015 sports drama “Concussion.” He did, however, receive a Golden Globe nod for his aforementioned role.
Smith also said that his wife is one of those people who will not “hold her tongue” and that’s something he admires her for. He added, "This is not a civil rights issue. This is not black and white. This is an issue of diversity. Hollywood has to lead. The images we deliver from Hollywood have to push America and push humanity forward. Diversity is the American super-power. That's what makes us great, that's what makes our country special."
This is not the first time that he has talked about the issue. Smith appeared on “Good Morning America” last month and he said that they really are boycotting the Oscars and that they have discussed it as a couple and as part of the people of color community.