Bad Boys actor 52-year-old Will Smith was recently a guest on Crooked Media Pod Save America podcast where he mentioned the idea of running for political office in the future.
“I think for now I’ll let that office get cleaned up a little bit and then I’ll consider that at some point down the line,” Smith stated in a comment. “I absolutely have an opinion, I’m optimistic, and hopeful. I believe in understanding between people and I believe in the possibility of harmony. I will certainly do my part whether it remains artistic or at some point, ventures into the political arena.” He added.
In an interview in 2015 Smith told CBS News that he much more to offer than just simply being a movie star or rapper. He wanted to stretch his professional muscles in other arenas as well. “If people keep saying all the crazy kinds of stuff, they’ve been saying on the news lately about walls and Muslims, they’re going to force me into the political arena,” he said.
On the Pod Save America podcast, the Men in Black star discussed his experiences with racism and how it helped shaped his life. “I’ve been called the “n-word” to my face probably five or six times. And fortunately for my psyche, I’ve never been called “n-word” by a smart person,” he said. “I grew up with the impression that racists and racism were stupid, and they were easy to get around. I just had to be smarter now while they were very dangerous. I had never looked into the eyes of a racist and saw anything that I perceived as intellect.”
Smith spoke on the topic of politics and racism in a 2016 appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Stating that it is always darkest before the dawn. Although, his statement was made over five years ago it is still very much prevalent today. “Racism is not getting worse. It is getting filmed.” Unfortunately, this sentiment is true.
Will Smith is widely known for his films such as Ali, Concussion, Pursuit of Happyness and countless others.