Hollywood actor Will Smith is sticking to his celebrity wife Jada Pinkett‘s side by announcing he will not be attending next month’s Academy Awards.
Mr. Smith issued a statement on being moved by Jada’s words and explained his decision to fall back on the annual ceremony.
“She’s deeply passionate and when she is moved, she has to go,” he said. “And I heard her words and I was knocked over, I was happy to be married to that woman but I appreciated the push. 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,” he continued. “And it was her call to action for herself and for me and for our family to be a part of the solution. I think that diversity is the American superpower – I think that I have to protect and fight for the ideals that make our country and make our Hollywood community great.” (USA Today)
Music icon Quincy Jones has also revealed the possibility of not attending the ceremony over the lack of diversity in its nominees.
The legendary producer is the first African American on the Academy’s board of governors and on Wednesday he told reporters, “We’ve got to find a solution. It’s been going on for too long.” Quincy said he planned to ask for 5 minutes in front of the board to discuss the hottest topic in Hollywood, and if they don’t give him the time … he says he’ll refuse to present at the Oscars. He’s supposed to present an award with Common and Pharrell Williams. (TMZ)
Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o, who won Best Supporting Actress a couple years ago, issued a statement on the Academy Awards drama late Tuesday (January 19) night.
R&B singer/actor Tyrese pleaded with Oscars host Chris Rock to reconsider hosting next month’s ceremony.