Will Smith once cracked a bad joke in the past. The Oscars 2022 were one of the most talked-about events of the year, with people still debating the on-stage conflict between Will Smith and Chris Rock.
An old clip of Will Smith making a bald joke on a talk show has gone viral as fans and celebs continue to share their thoughts on the King Richard star slapping the comedian.
The actor talks about a man’s shaved head in the 1991 video and laughs it off as a joke when the audience reacts.
The video, which has gone viral on Twitter, is from an episode of The Arsenio Hall Show from more than 30 years ago.
Will Smith Once Cracked A Bad Joke
Will says in the video: “You can’t do that in this world, man. You can’t do that. Arsenio, they got rules. They got rules, like, he has a rule. The bass player? He got a rule. He’s got to wax his head every morning. That’s a rule.”
The camera then cuts to a bald man in the audience, who laughs along with the actor when he tells the joke.
When the actor notices the audience’s amazement at hearing him make a joke about a person’s baldness, he immediately adds, “Oh it’s a joke, guy!” It’s a prank! “Come on!” you say.
Defending Will, Arsenio later says: “See? You got too into the character and got hurt.”
Will made a joke about the bald man in 1991, and now bassplayer John B. Williams has spoken out about the new incident.
“I didn’t take it seriously,” he told Rolling Stone about the old clip. He was a stand-up comedian, he was the Bel-Fresh Air’s Prince and he used to be a rapper. It was a joke to me. I made a joke about it. It was a spectacle & was enjoyable. “It didn’t bother me at all.”
Meanwhile, Williams commented on the actor slapping Chris Rock for a similar insult directed towards Jada: “Chris Rock is a comedian. I like Chris Rock. When Chris Rock made the comment, Will was laughing. It wasn’t until it became obvious Jada didn’t think it was funny that Will went to her defense.
“Love makes you do all kinds of things. That’s his wife, who he loves. He just reacted from outrage. I have sometimes reacted from outrage.”
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