William once again teased listeners with the idea that he could run for political office sometime in the future. He mentioned this prospect at Crooked Media’s podcast Pod Save America.
He said that for now he would let that office get cleaned up a little and then he would consider it at some point down the line. He said that he has an opinion and that he’s optimistic and hopeful. He added that he believed in understanding between people and in the possibility of harmony.
He said that he would always do what he had to do whether it was artistic or at some point whether it ventured “into the politics arena.”
On the podcast he also spoke about how he had dealt with racism and how it has affected his views on life. He recalled the number of times, about half a dozen when he was called by the n word, on his face. He said that he grew up with the impression that racists and racism was stupid. He felt that intellectual people could not be racist.
Earlier in 2015 he had mentioned on CBS’s Sunday Morning that he had almost felt compelled to join in the Presidential race as he felt incensed by Donald Trump’s rhetoric especially the racist comments during his campaign but he refrained from mentioning him by name.
He said that if people kept saying all kinds of crazy stuff as it was broadcast in the news about walls and Muslims, these people would force him into the political arena.
In 2016, however, in his appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert he had said that he was optimistic and felt that things would improve. Unfortunately he was incorrect in assessing the future but he did say lines which have stood the test of time and have perhaps gained more relevance in recent times.
In 2016, Will Smith said, “Racism is not getting worse, it’s getting filmed.”