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