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Will Smith & President Barack Obama Add Even More To The #OscarsSoWhite Conversation — See What They Said!

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The debate continues.

The Oscars probably didn't know what they were getting themselves into two weeks ago when they went ahead and failed to nominate a single person of color for any of the acting categories.

We've heard plenty of opinions from both sides — from Jada Pinkett Smith saying she's boycotting this year's ceremony to Cuba Gooding, Jr. defending the awards — but now we're hearing even more high-profile takes on the controversy.

Related: Believe It Or Not, The Oscar Presenters Aren't 100% White!

After his initial interview where he confirmed he'd also be skipping the show, Will Smith has gone further saying what Hollywood is doing is "almost criminal!"

But he's not alone — President Barack Obama also weighed in on the topic, saying he believes it's "just an expression of this broader issue."

We're just happy the conversation is persisting and that change has actually started happening!

Ch-ch-check out both Will Smith and President Barack Obama's conversations on race (below)!!!

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Will Smith Also Boycotted The 1989 Grammys Before Skipping Out On This Year's Oscars! Watch His Vintage Interview!

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History repeats itself!

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith will not be attending the Oscars this year to protest the lack of diversity in the Academy's nominations.

It seemed that the Concussion star was following his wife's lead after he joined her call to boycott this year's ceremony — but Jada actually took a page out of her husband's playbook!

Back in 1989, the Fresh Prince refused to attend at the Grammys for its lack of integration!

That year, the ceremony included a rap performance category for the first time — and nominated Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff for their hit Parents Just Don't Understand.

POLL: Should Chris Rock Joke About #OscarsSoWhite?

While that historic year was a huge step towards making rap music mainstream, that particular segment of the show wasn't going to be televised!

In an old interview Entertainment Tonight dug up from its archives, the hip-hop duo explained why they thought the design of the show was "a slap in the face."

It's sad to see that other sectors of the industry haven't progressed that much a quarter of a century later!

Ch-ch-check out a young Fresh Prince explaining his boycott (below)!

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Fresh Prince's Aunt Viv Blasts Jada Pinkett Smith AGAIN For Her 'Self-Contrived' Oscars Boycott — And Says It's All About Will's Snub!

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Aunt Viv is not here for the Fresh Prince's wife.

As you've surely heard by now, the Oscars caused a rather large controversy last week when it was revealed that practically all of the nominees were white.

#OscarsSoWhite has been trending ever since, and Jada Pinkett Smith made national headlines after she called for a boycott of the Academy Awards due to a lack of representation.

Related: Will Smith Will NOT Be Attending The Oscars Either!

Will Smith's former onscreen mother Janet Hubert made it clear she disapproved of Jada's video on account of more serious issues of inequality taking place around the world, but she's already back with more shade against the Gotham actress.

In an interview with L.A. Times on Wednesday, Janet called into question Jada's reasoning for taking a stand against the Academy, saying:

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Will Smith Will NOT Attend The Oscars Either Following Jada Pinkett Smith's #OscarsSoWhite Speech!

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He's got her back.

Jada Pinkett Smith has been the talk of the town ever since she announced she was boycotting the Oscars due to their continued lack of diversity, aka #OscarsSoWhite Year Two.

And while the actress has seen support from celebs like Spike Lee and Al Sharpton, as well as some not-so-positive feedback from Whoopi Goldberg and Stacey Dash, it surprisingly took a few days for Will Smith to share his stance on the matter.

Related: Jada Responds To Disapproving Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air Actress

Luckily for Jada, her Concussion star husband finally touched upon her activism during an interview with Robin Roberts on Good Morning America Thursday, saying:

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