Before he was a rapper and movie star, Will Smith was a charismatic high school kid who earned the nickname “Prince Charming” from his teachers. See what the “Fresh Prince” looked like back when he was “maxin’ and relaxin’” at Philadelphia’s Overbrook High.
Many people have given their thoughts on the “slap heard around the world” and it is a split decision. There are those who believe Smith was justified, but did not think of time and place. While others, state that the actor/rapper was out of line completely for attacking a fellow celebrity.
Tiffany Haddish, a Black actor and comedian who starred with Jada Pinkett Smith in the blockbuster movie Girls Trip, told People: “When I saw a Black man stand up for his wife, that meant so much to me.” To my eyes, Black commentators were more willing to joke about the incident—perhaps because, as Will Packer, the television and film megaproducer who oversaw the Oscars broadcast, tweeted after the show, “Black people have a defiant spirit of laughter when it comes to dealing with pain because there has been so much of it.”
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The radio shock jock Howard Stern even went so far as to compare Smith to former President Donald Trump. “This is how Trump gets away with shit,” Stern said on his show. “Will Smith and Trump are the same guy. He decided he’s going to take matters into his own hands.”
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith have been the comic material of the internet and comics ever since Jada admitted having an “entanglement” with singer August Alsina.
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Jada confirmed it on her popular Facebook talk show, Red Table Talk, but had done the affair when the celebrity couple were celebrated. Jada described her affair with Alsina as an “entanglement.”