When Jada Pinkett Smith release her #OscarsSoWhite-inspired video calling for people of color to boycott the Academy Awards, many argued that she only made it in response to her husband Will not getting nominated for his role in Concussion.
Well, Will says that’s not the case.
“If I had been the only person of color that had been nominated, my wife would have made two videos,” he said on BBC Radio 1. “She would not have gone with me. Trust.”
Not only that, but he had no idea she even made the video!
“I was out of the country when she made the video. I was in Thailand,” he said. “I had no idea. I’m like, ‘Babe, you gotta give a fella a little heads up,’ you know? Just a little something. ‘Hey, babe, hit me before you walk out of the airport’ … So I got in the car and Googled and watched the video.”
Despite everything that’s going on, Will wants people to understand that this isn’t a civil-rights issue.
“This is not a civil-rights issue. This is not black and white. This is about diversity,” he said. “The images that we deliver from Hollywood have to push America. Diversity is the American superpower. That’s what makes us great.”
Watch his interview below.