Will Smith addressed western Islamophobia and Donald Trump during a recent press conference in Dubai.
The 47-year-old actor was promoting his new comic book movie, Suicide Squad, when the conversation quickly turned to the GOP nominee.
“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,” Smith said. “We get to hear it. We get to know who people are and now we get to cleanse it out of our country.”
One controversy surrounding the Republican nominee is his call for “total and complete shutdown” of Muslims entering the U.S. until “our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”
Trump made the plea in a statement released in December, further affirming his message in a subsequent tweet, writing, “Just put out a very important policy statement on the extraordinary influx of hatred and danger coming into our country. We must be vigilant!”
Smith told reporters that anti-Islamic sentiment like Trump’s is a big part of what lead him to make the trip to Dubai.
“In terms of Islamophobia in America, for me, that’s why it’s important to show up,” he said. “I’m in Dubai and I’m having fun and I’m tweeting and I’m showing pictures. Hey, doesn’t look like they hate me, does it?”
While Smith aired grievances overseas, actress Rose McGowan had even stronger words in an open letter addressed to “Enablers and Donald” on Wednesday, in which she refers to Trump as “a murderer in the making.”
“After the Republican National Convention, I wrote an open letter to a rabid Trump supporter,” she wrote. “I realize now the letter was for you, Donald and media men. It’s you I’ve been wanting to talk to. You who have been stressing me and most of the nation out to the point of a diagnosable sickness. WE ARE BEING POISONED. We, the public, are being sickened by an ever expanding assault on our right to live a healthy and free life. Donald and you ratings-driven colluders are holding us, the public, hostage and exposing us to disease.”
“I do not want to live my life this way,” she continued. “I am a proud AMERICAN & GLOBAL CITIZEN who’s head is bowed to her knees in because she is sickened every day. Because of you. It is NOT most of America who should be ashamed, it is YOU for propagating this propaganda.”