Will Smith sat down for an interview with BBC yesterday, and quickly hit on a lot of topics. He spoke about the Oscars, his children, and Janet Hubert (Aunt Viv).
Smith says he is still boycotting the Oscars, and the boycott goes beyond himself. Smith was asked if he would host the Oscars next year if the Academy asked him to. He stated, “It’s so far not about me. It’s not about us going to a show or not.” He continued, “This is a much bigger social issue. I’m recognizing a pattern of the narrowing of the imagery, the narrowing of tolerance in America…my concern is that Hollywood is reflecting a regressive trend.”
Smith was asked about encouraging his children to freely express themselves. Smith jokingly responded, “Yeah, I think it may have been a mistake.” He continued, “There’s a really powerful internal quality as an artist that as parents we encourage. You gotta get out on the edge. You have to try things. You have to be comfortable doing things that people don’t agree with and you have to be comfortable doing things that you could fail.” Smith says that his son Jaden is not afraid to do anything, like being the face of Louis Vuitton’s womenswear spring/summer 2016 campaign. Smith also opened up about being a protective father to Willow, and how he’s trying to give her the same freedom her brothers had 15.
Before the interview ended, he was asked which Aunt Viv he liked the best. Smith had nothing but kind words for the original Aunt Viv, Janet Hubert. He called her talents “brilliant.” Smith’s comments on Hubert come just days after Hubert called Smith out on The Real for allegedly getting her fired from Fresh Prince.
Smith also hints that there may be a Bad Boys 3 in the future. You can watch the full interview below.