The lack of diversity at this year’s Academy Awards has drawn lot of attention. This morning Will Smith sat down with Robin Roberts of Good Morning America to speak about diversity in Hollywood.
Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, recently posted a viral video to Facebook stating why she would be boycotting the Oscars this year. Smith says he wasn’t aware his wife was going to post the video to social media, but he supports her stance one hundred percent. “There is a position that we hold in this community, and if we’re not part of the solution, we’re part of the problem. It was her call to action, for herself, and for me and for our family to be a part of the solution,” Smith stated.
Director Spike Lee has also been a leading voice in the Oscar boycott. Instead of attending or watching the awards, he will be at a New York Knicks Basketball Game.
Ultimately, Smith agrees with Spike Lee that the lack of diversity is all part of a bigger issue in Hollywood. “It’s a systematic bias that needs to be addressed across the industry,” says Smith.
Smith’s interview comes just a day after Stacey Dash called Jada Pinkett Smith a “hypocrite.” You can watch the full interview with Will Smith here.