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Will Smith Joins Oscars Boycott His Wife Started

Jan 21, 2016  •  Post A Comment

Another big name in Hollywood has dropped out of this year’s Academy Awards, but it’s hardly a surprise. Will Smith, who was overlooked for an acting nomination for “Concussion,” said he won’t be attending this year’s Oscars ceremony.

It was Smith’s wife, actress Jada Pinkett Smith, who got the ball rolling on what many observers see as a boycott — even though director Spike Lee, who said he won’t be going, refused to call his action a boycott. The moves came after the Academy announced an all-white list of acting nominees for the second consecutive year.

Variety reports that Will Smith talked about the situation on “Good Morning America,” telling Robin Roberts: “My wife’s not going. It would be awkward to show up with Charlize (Theron). We’ve discussed it. We’re part of this community. But at this current time, we’re uncomfortable to stand there and say, ‘This is OK.’”

Smith, a two-time Oscar nominee, expressed solidarity with his wife’s action, saying: “There’s a position that we hold in this community and if we’re not a part of the solution, we’re part of the problem. And it was her call to action for herself and for me and for our family to be a part of the solution.”

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