Appearing at the American Black Film Festival Awards on Sunday, actor and comedian Jamie Foxx had some choice words for the overly whiny and apparently racist Will Smith, who boycotted the Oscars along with his wife, Jada Pinkett-Smith. After slamming the star of Concussion, Foxx let the audience know exactly why Smith didn’t receive a nomination this year.
You see, being an Oscar winner himself, Foxx knows what it takes to actually earn such an award, and it doesn’t involve simply being black, according to MailOnline. So while speaking to a rather large audience, Foxx took the opportunity to skewer Smith’s boycott of the Oscars, wondering “what’s the big deal?”
“All these Oscar talks, I don’t even trip about that. I mean, what’s the big deal?” asked Foxx as he introduced producer Will Packer. “I was sitting at home with my Oscar, like ‘What’s all the hubbub?’”
“My friend said, ‘Are you mad?’ ‘Um, kind of, but not really,’” Foxx continued. “I started calling Denzel [Washington], and we just Instagrammed our Oscars together.”
Ouch. But I guess that’s what happens when you actually put your efforts into being a good artist, rather than trying to be an Affirmative Action nominee, which Foxx also took a shot at.
After making fun of Smith’s Nigerian accent in the movie Concussion, Foxx finished out his hilarious routine by calling out “#WhatsTheBigDeal,” and “#ActBetter,” to which the crowd erupted in laughter. He then explained why the #OscarsSoWhite “movement” doesn’t matter at all to him.
Here’s a hint; he believes in the merits of people.
“I was with Sidney Poitier just a couple weeks ago, and in 1963 all he asked for was an opportunity to act,” Foxx said. “That’s all we have to do, opportunity. If you turn the camera on and say ‘OK . . . win an award . . . and action,’ we’ll all have taken, like, 10 steps back. It’s all about the art. Who cares about anything else?”
Indeed, Mr. Foxx. Indeed. It’s just too bad others in Hollywood, who are more hung up on the color of their skin than anything else, don’t seem to see things the same way you do, which is a shame.
But you have to hand it to Foxx – he has both talent and class, both of which seem to be missing from Hollywood’s biggest “talent” these days.