Does Will Smith Still Think “Racism Is Actually Rare” in Hollywood After His Oscars Snub?

We wonder if he changes his tune in light of #OscarsSoWhite.

News broke earlier this week Will Smith will not attend the Academy Awards this year. Most likely, it is in protest of the Academy’s lack of non-white acting nominees, which Will’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith also brought attention to. It’s a particularly sore subject for Mr. Smith because his performance in the sports drama Concussion was a strong Best Actor contender…but received no love from the Academy.

It’s unclear why the Oscars are so white this year. Perhaps it’s a racial blind spot brought on by the fact the Oscar voters are mostly older, Caucasian males. But perhaps something more grotesque is at play: racism. For the second year in a row, the Academy fell short in the diversity department, which certainly encourages the argument its voters feel white performances are more superior than minority ones. Annnd with the Smiths boycotting this year’s ceremony, it’s possible they’re on this train, too.

Which is ironic, given a recent interview Sir Smith gave to The Hollywood Reporter. During the publication’s annual actors roundtable, he made a rather shocking declaration: Racism is rare in Hollywood.

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