Today (January 21st) on Good Morning America, Will Smith confirmed what we all kind of assumed, after his wife’s rant about the white washed Oscars he is going to stand by her side and not attend the Oscars either. Will explains that it is about a deeper social conflict in this world rather than just the Oscars. He goes on to explain that it has nothing to do with the fact that he wasn’t nominated for his role in ‘Concussion’.
Check out the interview.
I am very torn about this issue because should there be more diversity in Hollywood? I absolutely believe it should be. There should be more strong women roles, people of color should have more serious roles. My only thing with the Oscars is that the nominations are voted on by their peers. Actors vote on who should be nominated. If you are not nominated it means that your peers, other actors, don’t believe that you have done a good enough job. That is where I am getting lost.
Is there a race barrier in this country that is becoming more and more apparent? Yes, I think that the media is playing into it as well.
This issue though? This issue of the Oscars? Ricky Gervais said it best, no one cares if you win an award, only you care if you win the award.
There are real issues happening in our country right now. Children are dying in Flint because the government decided they didn’t deserve clean water, veterans are living on the streets because of mental health issues and the cost of health care.
So I stand here and say shame on you Will Smith, Spike Lee, Jada Smith, all of you have such a platform where you can say so much and influence so many people. Tell people to donate to a cause, don’t be bitter because you didn’t get nominated for a movie that didn’t get great reviews to begin with.
I also didn’t hear anyone complaining when they were nominated in certain categories, and were the only person of color to be nominated.