Will Smith Defends Oscars Boycott On ‘Graham Norton Show’: “Only Good Will Come Of It” (VIDEO)
Will Smith appeared on Friday’s “Graham Norton Show,” during which he further opened up about the Oscars controversy and his decision to boycott the awards show over its lack of black nominees. The actor defended his decision to skip the 2016 ceremony, insisting “good is only going to come out of it.” See the video below.
As Gossip Cop reported, Smith’s wife Jada Pinkett was among the first celebrities to announce she would be boycotting this year’s Academy Awards, due to only white actors being nominated. Smith himself is considered to be among the many black actors snubbed, having not received a Best Actor nomination for his role in Concussion. The actor first addressed the controversy on “Good Morning America” last week, noting that he supported his wife’s decision, and was “uncomfortable to stand there and say that this is okay.”
During an interview on the British talk show on Friday, host Norton asked Smith to elaborate again on where he stands with the Oscars. “The thing that’s most important to me is that the spirit of it has to maintain,” said the actor. “The media sort of creates the ‘us’ and ‘them,’ and for me, there is no ‘us’ and ‘them,’ it’s ‘we.'” Smith further noted, “I’m a member of the Academy, so I felt very seriously that there’s kind of a regression in America in general… It’s more about reminding the Hollywood community that we have to lead.”
Smith went on to insist that his boycott and condemnation of the Oscars isn’t vindictive, and is only intended to promote positive change within the industry. He told Norton, “If you lead with love and light, good is only going to come out of it.” Watch the video below of Smith’s latest comments about the Oscars controversy on the “Graham Norton Show.”