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Viral: Twitter Discovered 1991 Clip Of Will Smith Joking About A Bald Man

Screengrab from outdated video of Will Smith now viral (Picture courtesy: @Peter_OKH)

A joke Will Smith made a few bald man in 1991 has gone viral after the Oscars Slapgate. For many who do not know (and is there anybody who does not?), presenter Chris Rock made enjoyable of Will’s spouse Jada Pinkett’s shorn head, evaluating it to the GI Jane character performed by Demi Moore in a 90s movie wherein she has a buzzcut. Whereas Will laughed at first, he was triggered moments later – maybe by Jada’s eyeroll – and stormed as much as Chris, hit him after which yelled, “Preserve my spouse’s title out of your f*****g mouth.”

Amid nearly unanimous condemnation of Will Smith’s actions, Twitter has resurrected – and is trending – a clip from an look the King Richard star made on The Arsenio Corridor Present in 1991. Will was The Contemporary Worth Of Bel-Air on the time and proceeded to get too recent with the in-house band’s bassist who was bald.

“The bass participant? He obtained a rule. He obtained to wax his head each morning. That is a rule! He follows the principles, man. He follows the principles,” Will Smith says within the clip – the digital camera cuts to the bassist, John B Williams, who smiles in response. Because the digital camera cuts again to Will, somebody – both Arsenio or the viewers – calls him “impolite”; “These are jokes, come one,” Will responds.

Watch the viral clip on this tweet:  

RollingStone reached out to John B Williams, a double-bassist and bass guitarist of renown. “I did not take it critically. He was a comic. He was the Contemporary Prince of Bel-Air. He was a rapper. I took it as a joke. I laughed it off,” Mr Williams mentioned. He additionally defined that whereas the 2 jokes – Will  Smith’s on the expense of himself and Chris Rock’s on the expense of Jada Pinkett’s – have been related in topic, Mr Williams’ baldness shouldn’t be brought on by alopecia whereas Jada’s is.

John B Williams additionally informed RollingStone that Will Smith misplaced his mood as a result of the joke was on his spouse moderately than him. When Chris first made the remark, Will was laughing. It wasn’t till it grew to become apparent Jada did not suppose it was humorous that Will went to her defence. Love makes you do every kind of issues. That is his spouse, who he loves. He simply reacted from outrage. I’ve generally reacted from outrage,” he mentioned.

Will Smith himself provided the identical excuse, first in his tearful Greatest Actor Oscar acceptance speech – “Love will make you do loopy issues” – after which in an Instagram put up wherein he apologized to Chris Rock by title and in addition wrote: “Jokes at my expense are part of the job, however a joke about Jada’s medical situation was an excessive amount of for me to bear and I reacted emotionally.

See his put up right here:

No matter Will Smith’s intentions and apologies, there could also be a reckoning in retailer. The Academy, which tweeted after the Oscars that it doesn’t “condone violence of any kind,” is conducting an investigation and can determine on whether or not this 12 months’s Greatest Actor ought to face penalties. Chris Rock, who saved calm and carried on presenting the award he was there to current, declined to file a police report and has not thus far commented publicly.



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