Following Jada Pinkett Smith’s call for a boycott of the Academy Awards over diversity concerns, her husband announced he’s following her lead.
Will also claims that he wouldn’t go even if he was the only black actor nominated.
For the second year in a row, every single acting nominee and four of the five directing nominees were white. This lack of representation, a symptom of an industry that is still dominated by white men, was the finally straw for many actors, filmmakers, writers, and movie fans. With the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag as their rallying cry, this group of concerned citizens set out to raise awareness and question why the biggest awards show on the planet was snubbing people of color.
Although Smith wasn’t nominated for his latest film, Concussion, the absence of one of the biggest movie stars in the world from Hollywood’s most prestigious event is a big deal.