ESPN star needs Will Smith to deal with Chris Rock slap with Black neighborhood earlier than he sees new ‘Unhealthy Boys’

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Will Smith and Martin Lawrence had been again on high of the film world over the weekend as “Unhealthy Boys: Journey or Die” opened with an estimated $56 million.

It was considered one of Smith’s greatest hits since he slapped Chris Rock on the Academy Awards in 2022. Additionally it is the fourth installment of the franchise, which debuted in 1995.


Will Smith, proper, took subject with Chris Rock’s joke about his spouse, Jada Pinkett Smith, main him to slap the comic throughout the face on the Academy Awards in 2022. The second rocked the leisure business. (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Pictures)

Whereas Smith has discovered success once more, ESPN star Stephen A. Smith stated he was not about to go see any films that includes the actor due to his slap to the comic. The incident got here after Rock made a crack about his spouse, Jada Pinkett Smith. He yelled at Rock to maintain his spouse’s title out of his mouth after which rushed the stage.

Will Smith has not publicly addressed the explanation behind the slap – solely issuing an apology the evening after.

Stephen A. Smith stated on his present on Monday the actor has to have a sit down with the Black neighborhood to deal with the incident.

Stephen A. Smith at Disney upfronts

Stephen A. Smith on the Disney 2024 upfront presentation held at North Javits Heart on Might 14, 2024 in New York Metropolis. (Kristina Bumphrey/Selection by way of Getty Pictures)


Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in Mexico City

Martin Lawrence, left, and Will Smith, strike a pose throughout a photograph shoot to advertise their newest movie, “Unhealthy Boys: Journey or Die,” in Mexico Metropolis on Friday, Might 31, 2024. (AP Picture/Matias Delacroix)

“Someplace alongside the way in which he has to take a seat down and discuss to the Black neighborhood. You possibly can see all of the White individuals round Will Smith all you wish to. Black people have beloved and revered this man for many years. He was the closest factor to perfection, as his buddy Charlie Mac as soon as instructed me. 

“All people makes a mistake. This isn’t hatred. I like Will Smith nonetheless. However you gotta have a dialog as to why you probably did that.”

Steven A. Smith stated it was Black individuals who had been affected probably the most by the slap and that some, together with himself, are discovering it laborious to go see his movies due to it.

“We all know you wouldn’t have slapped Ricky Gervais, Invoice Maher, Invoice Burr or a number of others. We all know you wouldn’t have performed that. No apology needed. I’m simply saying a whole lot of people ain’t recover from that. A whole lot of people simply discover it laborious to go to the films to observe you. I’m a type of individuals and I by no means missed a Will Smith film.

“Will Smith, you’re phenomenal. Phenomenal expertise, phenomenal actor, phenomenal particular person, you misplaced your manner one evening. We have to hear that from you. I’m sorry. That’s what I have to do earlier than I look ahead to seeing your films once more, greater than seeing a sit down.”

Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in Bad Boys

This picture launched by Sony Footage exhibits Will Smith, left, and Martin Lawrence in “Unhealthy Boys: Journey or Die.” (Frank Masi/Columbia Footage-Sony by way of AP)


Whether or not Stephen A. Smith hits the movie show or not, the movie obtained a 64% on Rotten Tomatoes whereas the viewers gave the movie an A- CinemaScore. The Related Press reported that Black moviegoers accounted for 44% of ticket patrons.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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