Will Smith was in Moscow for the Men in Black III premiere when he was approached by a reporter. Here’s the video of the encounter:
People everywhere are now asking if he was in the right for slapping the reporter. My answer is….YES. And here is why I think that:
1. In the years that Will Smith has been in show business and hundreds of places he’s traveled, I’m sure that he knows in Europe, it is customary to greet someone by kissing someone on the cheek two or more times. You can tell he knows that because he went in to greet the reporter.
2. It was a natural reaction. The reporter almost kissed him ON THE LIPS. It has nothing to do with whether or not he has homophobia; his personal space was invaded, so he reacted. Correct me if I’m wrong, but if you were a heterosexual man and were almost kissed on the lips, you would have the same reaction if not worse.
3. It was barely a slap. It was more of a tap on the face. The truth of the matter is that Will Smith could’ve done worse to the reporter, but all he did was barely slap him. So, there is no breaking news or controversy here.
This whole thing is going to blow over because there are bigger news stories out there, like the John Travolta massage scandal. I’m sure by next week, someone else is going to do something crazy and this will be swept under the rug.