While promoting his new film ‘Suicide Squad’, Will Smith was in the Middle East discussing the anti-Muslim climate surrounding the U.S. presidential race. Smith, who regularly visits the Middle East, often shares social media photos of him in Dubai. He explains,
In terms of Islamophobia in America, for me that’s why it’s important to show up.
Smith wants local directors and producers to find more ways to tell the story of the region to the world.
The Middle East can’t allow Fox News to be the arbiter of the imagery, you know. So cinema is a huge way to be able to deliver the truth of the soul of a place to a global audience.
He also discussed Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
As painful as it is to hear Donald Trump talk and as embarrassing as it is as an American to hear him talk, I think it’s good. We get to know who people are and now we get to cleanse it out of our country.
Smith, who boycotted the Oscar’s this year with his wife Jada Pinkett-Smith, goes on to share some advice about race, that he received from the late Nelson Mandela:
They have to know that your black skin won’t hurt them.