Will Smith has been branded a ‘hypocrite’ by fans after a video resurfaced of him, following his outburst at the Oscars when he slapped Chris Rock for making a joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.
Twitter users have managed to unearth a video of the King Richard star making a comment similar to Rock’s, which is believed to be from the actor’s appearance on The Arsenio Hall Show in 1991.
In the clip, Smith was chatting to bassist John Williams and referenced the musician’s lack of hair.
Find out more about alopecia in the clip below…
The now 53-year-old said: “Like, he has a rule, the bass player? He’s got a rule: He’s gotta wax his head every day. That’s a rule.”
At the time, the audience awkwardly laughed, so Smith added: “Ah these are jokes, come on.”
The resurfaced footage has been captioned: “‘He gotta wax his head every morning’. Now, this is a video of Will Smith saying a joke about someone with alopecia.
“One reason I love the internet, [is] it never forgets.”
The post has now accumulated over 6,000 retweets and more than 14,000 likes. Plus, many have taken to the comments and slammed Smith.
“He gotta wax his head every morning.” Now this is a video of Will Smith saying a joke about someone with Alopecia.
One reason I love the internet, it never forgets. pic.twitter.com/4OGlgSrcjA
— Three Crosses (@Peter_OKH) March 28, 2022
One tweeted: “He was fine joking about someone else… But could not handle it when the joke came about his family… That too the joke was not bad…”
Another added: “It’s equal cause they both made jokes. No harm to it. It doesn’t matter if the man had alopecia or not. They both made jokes not knowing the background.”
However, others have defended Smith and argued that he was much younger and people ‘change’.
Defending him, one fumed: “This was like how many years ago, y’all want to tell me that you all haven’t said something or done something that you don’t agree with anymore. That’s called change!!!”
“In context: this was 31 years ago when Will Smith was 22. Trying to equivocate a 22-year-old (we were all dumb, all of us) versus someone in their 50s, knowing full well Jada has been public about this, is silly,” a second remarked.
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