Movie star Will Smith may forever go down in history as the spoiled whiner that bullied his way into getting future Oscar nominations.
The 47-year-old movie star with an estimated net worth of $240 million dollars announced last week that he would be boycotting this year's Academy Awards alongside his wife because not enough minorities were nominated for acting; the key word is acting, because Mexican Director Alejandro González Iñárritu received a nomination for The Revenant.
Now that the Academy has caved in to the petulance of Will Smith and Spike Lee, both of whom have been nominated for Oscars in the past, Smith announced to the BBC that he was "pleased" by the many changes made to the Academy's membership rules, which include revoking the voting ability of many retired industry veterans, a.k.a, "old white dudes."
"I was very pleased at how quickly and aggressively the Academy responded," Smith said.
Smith went on to say that his protest comes not from bitterness at being snubbed for his performance in Concussion, but because of his love for diversity:
"I want to be very clear about the spirit of what I'm saying. This is far beyond me. This has nothing to do with me. This has nothing to do with awards. That's a really frivolous reason for me to put my hand up and make a statement. For me this is much more about the idea of diversity and inclusion."
He also characterized the supposed diversity problem at this year's Academy Awards as a "family issue" and not a civil rights issue.
"I think that it's not us and them—it's we," Smith said. "I'm a member of the Academy, so it's much more a domestic family issue than it is a civil rights issue, so it's a problem we all have to solve."