Will Smith announced on “Good Morning America” Thursday morning that he will join his wife, actress Jada Pinkett Smith, in skipping this year’s Academy Awards. He and Pinkett Smith are protesting because, for the second year in a row, there are no black actors nominated for acting awards.
“I think that diversity is the American superpower,” said Smith in an interview with GMA’s Robin Roberts. “That’s why we are great. So many different people from so many different places adding their ideas, their inspiration, and their influences to this beautiful American gumbo.”
Smith also drew a connection between the film industry and broader American culture.
“The nominations reflect the academy,” said Smith in an interview with GMA’s Robin Roberts. “The Academy reflects the industry, reflects Hollywood, and the industry reflects America. It reflects a series of challenges that we are having in our country at the moment. There’s a regressive slide toward seperatism toward racial and religious disharmony and that’s not the Hollywood that I want to leave behind. That’s not the industry, that’s not the America that I want to leave behind.”
Director Spike Lee has also announced that he will also skip the awards ceremony.
Watch Smith’s interview here: