Monday, June 17, 2024

Will Smith Should Not Be Rewarded for An Act of Violence: Who Cares If He’s OK With That?


I am sadly laughing out loud.

Will Smith has managed to circulate a video he made with a video blogger in which he says “he’s ok” if people are upset with him after last spring’s slapping of Chris Rock during the Oscar show

Who cares if he’s ok with that? I don’t. Smith wants to be rewarded now for the movie, “Emancipation” which by the way has no posted reviews and opens Friday. He wants an Oscar nomination and to be back in the game despite being banned by the Academy for the next decade.

This pathetically hilarious. Apple is trying to recover its $120 million investment and I sympathize with them. After all they didn’t sign on for this mishegos. But Smith’s behavior on the Oscars is unacceptable. It’s not going to be validated now. That would put the Academy in the awkward position of having a nominated film or actor who they’ve banned. What are they going to do? Say “never mind.”

Smith got up out of his seat on national live TV, walked to the stage, and hit someone. From his seat he yelled at Rock. Sorry, nope, I don’t care if he’s made “The Godfather.” That dog won’t hunt, that ship won’t sail. So he says he’s ok with us disapproving of him? What nerve. And his team? They will suffer the consequences. They are Smith’s collateral damage.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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