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Will Smith weighs in on the 2016 election, racism, and Islamophobia.

"What makes someone evil is they don’t think they’re evil. They think they’re doing good."

Will Smith weighs in on the 2016 election, racism, and Islamophobia.

While promoting his latest film, "Suicide Squad," Will Smith is using his platform in a unique way.

In the film, Smith plays an assassin named Deadshot. On screen, you'll find him in the middle of a hail of bullets, explosions, and destruction. For example:

GIF from Warner Bros. Pictures/YouTube.


Smith's character is, technically, a "bad guy," which is a major change of pace for the movie star, who you'll usually find filling the role of a film's protagonist. Though he's a "bad guy" on the screen this time around, his recent comments during a number of press events show that in real life, he's still a hero.

Speaking at a press stop in Dubai, Smith addressed an important social issue that seems only to be getting worse: Islamophobia.

During a recent press conference, the summer blockbuster star talked about why he feels a personal responsibility to speak out on issues of racial and religious discrimination.

GIFs by The Associated Press/YouTube.

For him, that means trying to balance out some of the most incendiary rhetoric from a certain presidential candidate *cough* Donald Trump *cough* that many consider to be anti-Muslim.

Smith says he believes he has a responsibility to speak out so that "when [people] see a black man, the energy that we had can be what they remember." He added: "They have to know that your black skin won't hurt them."

Margot Robbie and Will Smith attend the European premiere of "Suicide Squad" in London. Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images.

In another interview, Smith got in another subtle dig at Trump when discussing how he got into the "bad guy" mindset:

"What makes someone evil is they don’t think they’re evil. They think they’re doing good," Smith told Access Hollywood. "Like, they actually think it’s OK to call a woman a 'fat pig' on television. They think it’s OK. That’s what makes them evil."

While it seems pretty obvious who Smith won't be voting for this November, he seems confident that he's not alone.

GIF by The Associated Press/YouTube.

GIF by The Associated Press/YouTube.

But surely, it's nothing personal.

OK, this is just another GIF from the movie. GIF from Warner Bros. Pictures/YouTube.

You can watch Will Smith share more of this thoughts on the dangers of Islamophobia in the video below:

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When a pet is admitted to a shelter it can be a traumatizing experience. Many are afraid of their new surroundings and are far from comfortable showing off their unique personalities. The problem is that's when many of them have their photos taken to appear in online searches.

Chewy, the pet retailer who has dedicated themselves to supporting shelters and rescues throughout the country, recognized the important work of a couple in Tampa, FL who have been taking professional photos of shelter pets to help get them adopted.

"If it's a photo of a scared animal, most people, subconsciously or even consciously, are going to skip over it," pet photographer Adam Goldberg says. "They can't visualize that dog in their home."

Adam realized the importance of quality shelter photos while working as a social media specialist for the Humane Society of Broward County in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

"The photos were taken top-down so you couldn't see the size of the pet, and the flash would create these red eyes," he recalls. "Sometimes [volunteers] would shoot the photos through the chain-link fences."

That's why Adam and his wife, Mary, have spent much of their free time over the past five years photographing over 1,200 shelter animals to show off their unique personalities to potential adoptive families. The Goldbergs' wonderful work was recently profiled by Chewy in the video above entitled, "A Day in the Life of a Shelter Pet Photographer."

This article originally appeared on 12.02.19


Just imagine being an 11-year-old boy who's been shuffled through the foster care system. No forever home. No forever family. No idea where you'll be living or who will take care of you in the near future.

Then, a loving couple takes you under their care and chooses to love you forever.

What could one be more thankful for?

That's why when a fifth grader at Deerfield Elementary School in Cedar Hills, Utah was asked by his substitute teacher what he's thankful for this Thanksgiving, he said finally being adopted by his two dads.

via OD Action / Twitter

To the child's shock, the teacher replied, "that's nothing to be thankful for," and then went on a rant in front of 30 students saying that "two men living together is a sin" and "homosexuality is wrong."

While the boy sat there embarrassed, three girls in the class stood up for him by walking out of the room to tell the principal. Shortly after, the substitute was then escorted out of the building.

While on her way out she scolded the boy, saying it was his fault she was removed.

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One of the boy's parents-to-be is Louis van Amstel, is a former dancer on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars." "It's absolutely ridiculous and horrible what she did," he told The Salt Lake Tribune. "We were livid. It's 2019 and this is a public school."

The boy told his parents-to-be he didn't speak up in the classroom because their final adoption hearing is December 19 and he didn't want to do anything that would interfere.

He had already been through two failed adoptions and didn't want it to happen again.

via Loren Javier / Flickr

A spokesperson for the Alpine School District didn't go into detail about the situation but praised the students who spoke out.

"Fellow students saw a need, and they were able to offer support," David Stephenson said. "It's awesome what happened as far as those girls coming forward."

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He also said that "appropriate action has been taken" with the substitute teacher.

"We are concerned about any reports of inappropriate behavior and take these matters very seriously," Kelly Services, the school the contracts out substitute teachers for the district, said in a statement. "We conduct business based on the highest standards of integrity, quality, and professional excellence. We're looking into this situation."

After the incident made the news, the soon-to-be adoptive parents' home was covered in paper hearts that said, "We love you" and "We support you."

Religion is supposed to make us better people.

But what have here is clearly a situation where a woman's judgement about what is good and right was clouded by bigoted dogma. She was more bothered by the idea of two men loving each other than the act of pure love they committed when choosing to adopt a child.