Prejudice is more prevalent than racism in Hollywood – Will Smith
Will Smith is one of my favourite actors in the world (after Samuel L. Jackson L. Jackson and Martin Lawrence). He is arguably one of the few actors that has kept it “real’ over the years, regardless of the challenges he has faced over the years as an entertainer in Hollywood.
Will Smith, in the latest edition of Hollywood Reporter’s Actor’s Round table alongside Michael Caine, Benicio Del Toro, Joel Edgerton, Samuel L. Jackson and Mark Ruffalo, opened up on what he described as prejudice in the movie industry and how it has affected his career.
Will Smith revealed something we all have inside but tend to hide under the cloak of racism, which is prejudice, which is more prevalent than racism.
My wife and I were just having this conversation, and we were going to the dictionary for “prejudice” versus “racism.” Everybody is prejudiced,” he said.
“Everybody has their life experiences that make them prefer one thing over another. It makes them prefer blond hair over a brunette; if you see somebody with dark skin walking down the street, you have a different reaction than you have [with] someone who is 5-foot-1 and white.”
The Fresh Prince of Bel Air further threw more light on the issues surrounding race and he hits it right on its head:
“There is a connotation with racism of superiority: You feel that your race generally is superior. And I have to say, I live with constant prejudice, but racism is actually rare. Someone who thinks their race is superior. I don’t want to work for them. I don’t want to work at that company. And the times I have come in contact with it, you get away from those people.”
Will Smith is an inspiration for young black actors all over the world. If everyone can start working as hard as they can and stop making excuses, then maybe we’ll be able to bridge the gap between all races. While hard work might be enough in some cases, the feeling that you’ve done your best will keep you going and in no time you could just be on your way to being the next Will Smith.