I once sat in a hotel room with Will Smith and asked him straight to his face how he liked cheating on his wife.
He wasn’t happy and since he weighed 100kg at the time and trained six hours a day with the man who worked with boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard, I was a little worried about what would happen.
His shadow boxing was good too, as he had shown in our chat earlier, but I consoled myself by thinking ‘he’s a Hollywood superstar, how tough can he really be?’
I interviewed Smith in 2001 prior to the release of his sports film about the life of Muhammad Ali and my question about his wife came up because his real wife Jada Pinkett Smith played Ali’s first love Sonji Roi.
are you still with me? I know I was confused then too.
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Apparently, Ali was a famous womanizer whose conquests in the bedroom rivaled his victories in the boxing ring.
Anyway, the thing is, I could see Smith being very protective of his wife and I think we saw it again at the Oscar this week.
My thoughts on the Smith v Rock clash are his apologies that pretty much sum up how I felt about it.
Smith wrote: “Jokes at my expense are part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s medical condition was too much for me and I reacted emotionally. I want to apologize to you publicly, Chris (Rock). I was out of line and I was wrong. I am ashamed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness.”
Smith added in his posts that “violence in all forms is toxic and destructive”.
Probably the mature way to deal with a sick joke about your wife’s alopecia is to look at you with a stupid face with the cameras pointed at you, and later tell Rock your disappointment in no uncertain terms. express… and when asked to tell the media that you are the joke very disrespectful.
Don’t get me wrong though; I’ve also always thought that a lack of consequences is the root of a lot of bad behavior in this world.
Social media is the classic example. Anyone can throw insults and lies and unleash the full nasty nature of anonymity from their mother’s basement or anywhere without ever needing to back up their claims or even face those who abuse them.
Some people may benefit from an invisible blow that wakes them up and helps them understand why their bad behavior is unacceptable.
You can add to that list queue jumpers, people who talk to waiters, and people who blow smoke in your face.