During a recent appearance on “The Graham Norton Show,” the “Concussion” star urged everyone to slow down on the anger over the diversity issue as he explained why it’s better to see things in another light
“There is no us and them. It’s we. I’m a member of the Academy,” said Smith, who believes a regression in America currently exists towards racial and religious exclusion.
“For me, it’s more about putting my hand up and reminding my community, the Hollywood community, that we have to lead. That diversity is America’s superpower. That’s what makes our country great.”
Smith’s comments come amid a severe backlash against the Oscars for the all-white slate of entertainers who populate the list of 2016 nominees. In response to the controversy, many celebrities have weighed in on the issue as Smith’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith called for a boycott of Hollywood’s biggest night. The “Gotham” actress along with her husband will be among those opting against attending or watching the Oscars on Feb. 28.
The absence of diversity in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has been a longstanding issue as the organization’s membership is reportedly 94 percent white and 76 percent men.
With all the uproar over diversity, the question is will it equal something positive when it’s al said and done?
“It always does,” Smith said. “If you lead with love and light, good is always going to come out of it.”
To see Smith’s appearance on “The Graham Norton Show,” check out the video below: