Will Smith Joins Oscars Boycott: “This Is Not About Me, It’s About Representation” Brandon Caldwell January 21, 2016 News WATCH: Will Smith opens up for the first time in @ABC News Exclusive about diversity in Hollywood and at the #Oscars https://t.co/8uryo7A03l — Good Morning America (@GMA) January 21, 2016 In an exclusive interview with Good Morning America‘s Robin Roberts, Will Smith confirmed that he would not attend this year’s Academy Awards due to a lack of representation of African-American actors and actresses. “No,” he says of whether or not he’s checking “yes” on the Oscar’s attendance box. “My wife’s not going so it would be awkward for me to show up with Charlize (Theron). We’ve discussed it, we’re part of this community. But at this time we’re uncomfortable with standing there and saying, this is OK.” Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith discussed a potential boycott in a series of tweets, inspired by the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag that made an appearance on Twitter for the second year in a row. Smith’s refusal to attend sparked national debate along as retaliatory videos from former Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air actress Janet Hubert, who believed the Smiths were focusing on the wrong things in Hollywood, amongst other thinly veiled shots at Will Smith. Will Smith in the GMA interview reminded audiences of his two Oscar nominations (2001, Ali 2007, The Pursuit Of Happyness) and how both times he lost out to other African-American actors (Denzel Washington, Forrest Whitaker). “The nominations reflect the Academy. The Academy reflects the industry, of Hollywood. The industry reflects America and the series of challenges we face as a country,” Smith said. “There’s a regressive slide towards separatism, towards racial and religious disharmony. That’s not the Hollywood I want to leave behind. That’s not the industry, the America I want to leave behind.” “Right now, the Academy is 94% Caucasian and 77% male,” he continued in a separate clip. “It’s hard to get a diversity from that group. It’s a systematic bias that needs to be addressed across the industry.” Share this:TweetShare on Tumblr Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.