Poor Will Smith! The actor with an estimated net worth of over $250 million thanks to the patronage of mostly white America is now offended that the Academy didn't nominate him for an Oscar this year, and will be boycotting the awards show alongside his wife and race hustler Spike Lee.
Despite the fact that Will Smith has been nominated twice for his roles in both Ali and The Pursuit of Happyness, the actor somehow feels that the Academy didn't nominate him for his role in Concussion this year simply because of his black skin.
Speaking on Good Morning America Thursday, Smith said, "We're part of this community but at this current time, we're uncomfortable to stand there and say that this is OK. My wife’s not going. It would be awkward to show up with Charlize [Theron]."
"For me, at its best, Hollywood represents and then creates the imagery for that beauty," Smith continued. "But for my part, I think that I have to protect and fight for the ideals that make our country and make our Hollywood community great. So when I look at the series of nominations of the Academy, it's not reflecting that beauty."
Not only has Smith been nominated twice, but the two years he lost, the Oscars went to black actors Denzel Washington for his role in Training Day and Forest Whitaker for his role in The Last King of Scotland. One could make a case that Will Smith's boycott may be masking some jealousy.
Smith should also be careful complaining about unfairness or lack of diversity in Hollywood, considering he handed his children, Jayden and Willow, fresh movie careers without them ever having earned it while other actors have to hustle and beg to get a speaking part in a commercial.
Thus far, not a single champion of the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag has mentioned that Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu has been nominated for Best Director for the second time after having won the award last year immediately following Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron's win the year before. This may be another case of the "white hispanic" syndrome.