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Last week, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Spike Lee took a stand against the Academy Awards due to diversity concerns.
Will Smith told Robin Roberts that he's skipping next month's Oscars ceremony in an interview on Good Morning America, claiming the awards are "not reflecting that beauty" of Hollywood as a whole.
"It would be awkward for me to show up with Charlize," Smith joked. "[Jada and I] have discussed it, and we're part of this community but at this current time, we're uncomfortable to stand there and say that this is okay."
No actors or actresses of color were nominated in acting categories this year.
Will starred in the movie "Concussion" which was praised by many movie critics. While many expected Will to receive a nomination for his role in the movie, he was snubbed as well this year.
"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."

Is Will Smith right? Does it make sense to boycott the ceremony until changes are made?

It's not going to fix anything. Plus, it's my attitude that this is just begging to be included. What will fix the problem is more PoC in the industry. Will and Jada have a production company. They should go and make some movies that cost $8 million to make. Give Yong PoC a chance to work in the industry. Over time, have them become Academy members. But as it is now, the majority of the voting body are white men over the age of 60. It needs an infusion of youth and diversity. Until that changes, nothing is really going to change.
It's great that they're boycotting, but I'm not sure if anything will come of it.
The Oscars are a farce anyway. The Academy is too proud and stuck up to change anything unless something drastic occurs.
@shannonl5 I saw that after my comment. And it's a good thing. But it's like what Idris Elba said recently. There needs to be more diversity. And not just racially, but in thought as well. So even when these rules take place, it's not going to change much if PoC still aren't getting roles.
@TerrellHenry the Academy has responded, and it sounds like they do have a plan to diversify their committee by 2020- and I don't think they would have done that if people hadn't been speaking up this year. That being said I think I agree with @KyleBerke the institution isn't essential, and there's no reason to hang on to it when we can build something better than reflects who we are now
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