Vastavam web: Hollywood star Will Smith is in India to promote his Netflix movie “Bright” and the actor today said all the ideologies are governed by an individual or group’s need to feel superior than others.The 49-year-old actor, who stars as “racist” human cop in sci-fi action-crime drama, said it was interesting to be on the other side.”What I realised – it’s not just racism, it’s all the ‘isms’ (the ideologies). Racism, sexism, class-ism, nationalism – all of the -isms are about the individual or group’s ego struggle for comparative superiority. Everybody wants to feel like they are better than somebody. Even a fight against racism is laced with an individual’s need to feel superior.
“I never saw it that way. So, both sides of any -ism, one of them is winning, so you’re having an argument that is winning, so the other side feels inferior. Both sides are struggling for superiority,” Smith said at a media round table here.”We say ‘diversity’, as if we mean ‘equality’, But really what diversity means – I’m going to use this term for me to get higher than you,” he added.
Smith said the debate about racism has become more complicated for him post the film as it has made him aware about the consequences of the fight for “superiority”.”This role – really made me see that it is really difficult, almost what feels like a covert struggle for superiority and the problem got more complex — can’t say it got a lot easier in my mind, it got difficult.
“I think that anytime you’re creating, you can’t help but the world makes its way into the art. We didn’t talk about it specifically in those terms. We talked more specifically about the overarching social ideas of mistreatment and how poorly we treat one another. That was part of what David (Ayer) wanted to illustrate in the film,” Smith said when asked whether his fantasy action was about the present day America.