Molen admitted he had sympathy for Will Smith, because he gave a worthy performance in “Concussion,” according The Hollywood Reporter.
“But even then it is not like he has been ignored or overlooked in the past. I understand his disappointment but see no prejudice or racism in his not making it. Who knows, maybe he lost by one vote,” Molen said. “I say to all my co-members: Stop acting like spoiled brats. Look to the next awards show for recognition — if you deserve it.”
“The only comment that might have some legitimate substance is the one from Jada Pinkett. I understand her disappointment for her husband, but that doesn’t mean she is correct in her analysis,” Molen said.
This is not the first time Molen’s political views have separated him from his colleagues. While he has produced Hollywood blockbusters such as “Jurassic Park,” “The Last World: Jurassic Park II,” “Twister,” “Rain Man,” and “Minority Report,” he also produced Dinesh D’Souza’s “2016: Obama’s America.”
In 2012, a Montana high school which chose him as their commencement speaker rescinded the offer for what Molen believes is his conservatism, reported The Hollywood Reporter. According to Molen, the principal of the school, Tom Stack, told Molen he was no longer welcome because of his “right-wing conservatism.”
While Stack apologized for rescinding the offer, he still has not commented on his decision and whether or not the decision was because of Molen’s political views. (RELATED: Conservative Producer Uninvited To Give Graduation Speech)
Molen added that while he does not know the racial makeup of the 6,000-person Academy voting body, it is a “stupid assumption” that the white members do not vote for black actors because of their skin color.
“In a liberal town like Hollywood, that makes about as much sense as saying all members of the Academy vote Republican,” Molen said.