Smith says he was out of the country when his wife Jada Pinkett Smith announced she would not attend and he supports her in that decision. “I heard her words and was happy to be married to that woman,” he told ABC’s Good Morning America this morning. “If we’re not part of the solution then we’re part of the problem.” He added that it’s not about him or any person in particular, “It’s about children sitting down and seeing this show and not seeing themselves represented.”
Mark Ruffalo, nominated in a supporting actor role for Spotlight, also told BBC News he’s considering not attending. “I woke up in the morning thinking, ‘what is the right way to do this?’ Because if you look at Martin Luther King’s legacy, what he was saying was that the good people who don’t act are much worse than the wrongdoers who are purposefully not acting and don’t know the right way.”
This all follows Spike Lee’s announcement Monday that he would not be attending the “lily-white Oscars” and criticism by other entertainment industry figures such as Will Packer and Quincy Jones. Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs issued a statement on Martin Luther King Jr. Day promising changes within the group.
Here is Smith’s interview on GMA: