‘What you did was fucked up’: Trevor Noah makes Will Smith cry, blows up internet for comparing ‘Emancipation’ star to abusers Brad Pitt and Gary Oldman

Will Smith’s life and career were upended in a time born of anger and conflict, and apparently it was a more complicated matter than it first appeared. For some, aggression is aggression, and that is where the line should be drawn – and rightly so, considering how the public display of violence was committed by a figure loved, admired and respected by billions of people. But at the same time, he was a human being whose emotions were fractured by years of repressed trauma, and even though it was the wrong time to declare “Enough is Enough”Will Smith took to the stage and unleashed his baser instincts that have been belied all these years by a facade of kindness and affability.

Will Smith delves into the Oscars incident
Will Smith delves into the Oscars incident

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Trevor Noah destroys Will Smith For the public

For his final performance, Trevor Noah goes big by calling the person who has been the subject of mass controversy since the night of the 94th Academy Awards to his show. How Will Smith flies from Bhutan to sit and chat The daily show, the now former show host leans into the conversation, deconstructing the emotions of a star who has lived more than his fair share of life in the industry and media spotlight. But somehow, even after half a century, the actor has managed to maintain a stellar image as one of the most respected men to be born out of Hollywood corruption; well, at least until the night of March 27, 2022.

Will Smith wins Best Actor Oscar for King Richard Oscar Slap Night
Will Smith wins Best Actor for King Richard the slap of the night of the Oscars

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In compelling narration, Trevor Noah talks about who Will Smith is, before and after the events of March 27. For someone who has witnessed the sensationalism of Oscar night, Smith’s act of abuse was deemed inexcusable. For someone like Noah who got a glimpse into celebrity life beyond the lens of the media and controversy, a more humane narrative emerges that is rooted in decades of events leading up to the moment that triggered the aforementioned inexcusable act.

“You talk about growing up so afraid of conflict in your book. You grow up in your book talking about how you’ve always been afraid to fight. For me, watching that moment, it felt like you kind of stood up for the wrong thing at the wrong time. People have been saying shitty things about you and your family. You are a human being. [But] it’s getting inexorably shitty now. And people think it’s okay… But it seemed like it was Will Smith for the first time saying, “Okay, it’s this how do you want me to answer?’”

For most of Noah’s monologue, Smith continues to nod in agreement, but at the end he simply confirms the anchor theory by stating that his past emotions resurfaced at that moment but, “That’s not who I want to be.”

Trevor Noah with Will and Jada Smith at the 94th Academy Awards
Trevor Noah with Will and Jada Smith at the 94th Academy Awards

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Trevor Noah makes Will Smith “cry” after his monologue

As the host of a satirical news show, it is Trevor Noah’s job to voice his unwarranted opinion about things past, present and future. But the Will Smith episode occupies all three moments simultaneously, affecting his life along with that of his family and, by extension, Chris Rock’s image and reputation. And as such, the perceptive analogy Noah offers is that…

“It’s not who you are. I’ll be honest with you. I think that’s not who you are. I think everyone can be wrong.”

As the crowd erupts in a cheering episode of cheers and cheers, Will Smith walks away from what he called “airplane eyes” and mockingly replies, “Now you’re making me cry!” But Noah isn’t done yet. As he goes on to explain why the event shocked millions around the world, he says:

“The reason it was shocking is because it is Not who are you. Does this make sense? […] What you did was fucked up, I’ll tell you. I love Chris, I’m friends with him. I love you and I’m your friend, but I was like, ‘This is fucked up.’ But it’s not the same world. And that’s why it was weird…”

Will Smith on the Daily Show
Will Smith a The daily show

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Will Smith is currently banned for a decade from attending Academy events and has apologized multiple times to Chris Rock. His latest project Emancipation focuses on one man’s struggle for freedom in the weeks following the eradication of slavery from America. Currently, the actor is filming a documentary about Nat Geo The field is the field which finds Smith traveling across the world from the North Pole to the South Pole. A release date for the series has not yet been announced.

Source: The Daily Show with Trevor Noah