Will Smith on the red carpet slap heard 'round the world
May 24th, 2012
09:28 AM ET

Will Smith on the red carpet slap heard 'round the world

Will Smith may have gotten a little .... combative, shall we say, with a reporter on the red carpet last week after said journalist planted one on the "Men in Black III" actor. But it's not like he beat him up.

Smith clarified as much on David Letterman's "Late Show" Tuesday night, explaining that he was in the midst of an interview in Moscow when the journalist asked for a hug.

"He said, 'I'm your biggest fan, can I have a hug, please,'" Smith recalled. "So I leaned in to give this joker a hug, and he like, leaned in to kiss me. It's just awkward, Dave."

Awkward it was, as the world's now seen the video that shows Smith giving said reporter/loving fan what appears to be a light slap in the face.

On the red carpet that day, "They were like 'Oh, no, we're sorry, you know, it's just his schtick,'" the actor said, adding, "And that's why his a** got schtuck."

Well, at least now he can laugh about it.


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  1. Kris

    Will's reaction was ridiculous. The reporter should have respected him. However, slapping someone, and then telling the world that the guy tried to kiss him on the mouth is crazy and a lie. It was a typical greeting that people in Eastern Europe use. This proves how ignorant Will really is. This is the guy who is lecturing the nation to vote for Obama and is all for raising taxes...I hope people are smart enough to not listen to Will. Especially after this incident.

    May 28, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. mark

    the idiot had no right when he tried to kiss Will on the mouth. Will handled this perfectly.

    May 27, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Observer

    It is Will's subconscious reflex it is obvious that Smith’s boundary had been invaded but pushing and shoving and physically striking the reporter? Needs more human skill when facing the public or may be wisdom?

    May 26, 2012 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Julie

      It is NOT ok to invade someones personal physical space. And if it bothered him then it bothered him, he was not comfortable. A hug is plenty.

      May 27, 2012 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • David Finkelstein

      Do not apologize, Will. You did absolutely nothing wrong.

      May 28, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. WonderWoman

    The man reacted instinctively. Good for him for not apologizing to the world.

    May 26, 2012 at 7:16 am | Report abuse |
  5. msb

    Question, what if the reporter was a nice looking woman?
    Would he be acting the same?

    May 26, 2012 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
    • marcus

      that's a ridiculous question "...if she were a woman" that has NOTHING to do with it. that idiot reporter invaded his space and rightfully got put in his place lol

      May 28, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Author, G. D. Grace

    I dig Will Smith. It's a shame some people overstep there boundaries. I cannot imagine what life must be like for a lot of these public figures. I can't wait to see MIB3

    May 25, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Daddy thomas Felix Clauss (age99)

    Will Smith is highly talented and we are proud of him.

    May 25, 2012 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  8. Whoops

    Kudos to Will. He should have clocked the moob properly–a good right cross from his Ali persona would have been about right.

    May 25, 2012 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  9. shanno

    I read on another site that this guy's thing it trying to be outrageous – it's part of his act. And he didn't just kiss him on both sides of his face – according to interviews with Will there was tounge involved. I say the joiker got what he deserved.

    May 25, 2012 at 7:06 am | Report abuse |
  10. Truth-Bomb Thrower

    Why the hell does Will Smith have to explain himself on this? He should have slugged the weirdo upside the head as hard as he could. Of course his "bigoted behavior" will probably cost him anymore invitations to the White House, but hey, that's the price for self-respect.

    May 25, 2012 at 2:04 am | Report abuse |
  11. t3chn0ph0b3

    He's lucky he didn't get a broken nose.

    May 24, 2012 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Henri

    Ye!and we all live in the White House.

    May 24, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  13. mattski

    I thought Will handled it with remarkable restraint. It's a good thing he didn't knock the guy out. He would have deserved it. It was a prank by a well-known prankster and Will was the butt-end of the joke.

    May 24, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Spotlight of truth

    More people should get slapped in this world.

    May 24, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  15. QS

    As a gay man, I would probably have had the same reaction – this isn't about the who, it's about the inappropriateness of the journalist.

    What if it had been Angelina Jolie and the journalist had tried to give her a kiss? A slap in that case most people would probably feel would be warranted if the kiss was unsolicited.

    I actually laughed pretty hard when I saw this story!

    May 24, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • JC

      When you are famous, people try to get in your spotlight. Sometimes they get famous as well. "Morganna the Kissing Bandit" comes to mind immediately. Sometimes they just get spotlight ooze all over them instead.

      May 24, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • TimT

      QS, with all respect, I believe your analogy is flawed. The better question is what if the reporter was a woman? Would Will Smith have slapped her for kissing him?

      May 24, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  16. TimT

    Will Smith, Tracy Morgan and Kirk Cameron could do a traveling road show together. I wonder what they'd call it?

    May 24, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • JC

      "Will Smith, Tracy Morgan and Kirk Cameron could do a traveling road show together. I wonder what they'd call it?" Fresh Prince and two quares,

      May 24, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      @JC: Don't quit your day job at Burger King - you are not funny.

      May 25, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Fed Up

    He can laugh about it because he's a Black man with money and fame. Anyone else would have been legally charged.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hugh Jass

      "Anyone else would have been legally charged." Yeah, good luck with that. In front of cameras, pushing away some cat who tried to kiss him? And the charge would be . . . ?

      May 24, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fed Up

      The person asked permission and only moved toward him – no contact. That's not self defense.

      May 24, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  18. lol

    Obama is going to make this country looking like escape from la

    May 24, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  19. lol

    This is directed to the political comments. In case you haven't noticed, this is an entertainment blog. If you want to rant about politics, go to a political blog. I'm sure this is one sad individual with no political knowledge trying to punk us. It is getting old. You are so inaccurate, it is disturbing. Pedal your opinion elsewhere! OBAMA 2012!

    May 24, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Will Smith

      Honest, that is a picture of me, not the President. Boy, am I handsome. It's disturbing that you rednecks can't tell us apart.

      May 24, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Look at the kettle...

      As the liberal hypocrite pedals his own opinion. lol

      May 24, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chuck

      "pedals his own opinion" Let me remind you both that you can't pedal a peddler, but a peddler can peddle pedals. Don't get me started about woodchucks, either.

      May 24, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ginger51

      Well ,while I appreicate your comment. By saying "Oboma 2012" did you just do the same thing? hmmmmm

      May 25, 2012 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  20. Layton

    Obama is the Antichrist.

    May 24, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fred Astaire

      Obama is the Antichrist. Obama is a Muslim. Obama is a porn star. Obama can dance like Fred Astaire. And yet you can never prove any of these things. Hint: You're stupid.

      May 24, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Donald Faris

    Obama is ruining our nation; he is a do nothing Puppet of kennedy Family.

    May 24, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hugh Jass

      "Obama is ruining our nation; he is a do nothing Puppet of kennedy Family." You forgot to mention that he is in league with Doctor Fu Manchu and they are going to breed giant scorpions to sap and impurify our precious bodily fluids.

      May 24, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Egbert Dnglehoffer

      Obama is ruining our nation

      You can't tell Obama and Will Smith apart, can you

      May 24, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Realist

      and you are a wacko. Get a life.

      May 24, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  22. will

    Ever heard of herpes 1 (cold sores)? I wouldn't let a stranger kiss me.

    May 24, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Barinthus

    What Will did was a bit too much but at same time I can't blame him. He was asked for a hug and he was cool enough to hug this fellow who basically crossed his boundaries and kissed Will Smith. Will was obviously taken back and he just reacted. He could have easily smashed his fist into this fellow's face but he didn't. The fellow didn't seem to be harmed at all – most people tend to touch their cheek if they received a painful slap. The fellow was rude, period. Unlike Europe, kissing as a greeting isn't norm here.

    May 24, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Michael Calaizzo

    Will was great on Prince of belair!

    May 24, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Michael Calaizzo

    Warren Buffet contributes no Cash to any charity, we make him a hero, he is a Fat Toad and manipulator of
    stocks.

    May 24, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brendan Farrell

      Actually, he makes many charitable donations, especially to the Gates Foundation. If you would do a little research, you would see that Buffet plans to give away 99% of his wealth by the time he dies.

      May 24, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Michael Calaizzo

    Will Smith gives Buckets of money to charity, he is a good man.

    May 24, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Michael Calaizzo

    he is a great star. he made a mistake.

    May 24, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Seth

    The fool got exactly what he deserved. Sure be outraged that he got slapped. Where's the outrage that he, quite obviously, tried to force an unwilling man into kissing him? I suppose that's ok?

    May 24, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  29. Really?

    It's called assault. Public figures like Mr. Smith need to realize the rules also apply to them.

    May 24, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • umm

      Are you trying to imply that forcing someone to kiss you isn't/shouldn't be considered assault?
      I feel like it was an immediate response to a forced, uncomfortable situation. Could he have handled it better? Yes, sure, but I'm not upset with his reaction.

      May 24, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • robert

      Hey genius – couldn't it be argued that the report assaulted him by trying to touch him without permission?

      You can't touch someone without their permission – if you do, be prepared to be 'touched' back.

      May 24, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • REally Really Now

      Hmmm So If I Kiss a person that I don't know without her consent how is that NOT assault?

      May 24, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • J.C.

      "It's called assault"

      Forcing a kiss on someone? You are correct, that's criminal assault.

      May 24, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      So u think Forcing bodily fluids on someone is not assault! A gentle slap like that was the perfect defense against that type of disease potential assault and even stronger would have been justified. Where is ur brain?

      May 24, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hugh Jass

      "Public figures like Mr. Smith need to realize the rules also apply to them." Actually they don't; a 'public figure' cannot sue you for slander or libel unless it is really over the top stuff. We private citizens have a lot more rights than they do.

      May 24, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Loren

      Not an assault. The reporter actually committed a battery against Mr. Smith by making contact beyond what was permitted, the hug. Mr. Smith's response may have been a battery, but I don't think any judge would convict.

      May 24, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • logic

      Tell me how you would have made out with some random stranger who you were not at all atracted to.

      May 26, 2012 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Tony

    Good for Will Smith! The creep deserved more.

    May 24, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  31. CheapFeel

    The pervert knew exactly what he was doing. He got exactly what he deserved. If a man asked Jennifer Aniston for a hug and then proceeded to kiss her, he would get slapped or worse. It's just in this case they gay guy is trying to kiss the straight guy and should have had his as whooped. That's the message that should be sent to the GLBT community. Keep it in the barn and on your side of the fence.

    May 24, 2012 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • The LGBT Community

      "Keep it in the barn and on your side of the fence." And don't call when we know your wife is home, right? Seeya in the barn later.

      May 24, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  32. HG

    The jerk got what he deserved. Besides, Will barely touched him. I'm sure if he was his "biggest fan", he probably will never wash his face again. Lol..

    May 24, 2012 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  33. duh

    i said to the russkie "yo ivan slap u later"

    May 24, 2012 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  34. JellyBean

    LMAO! Can't wait to see the youtube posts r agging on this clip.

    May 24, 2012 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  35. Duni

    Well.... you know... I can see why he was mad and all, but I think the last slap was a bit much. Once he pushed him away, he should have just walked away. The last slap at the end was, though it doesn't look like it was all that hard, excessive.

    May 24, 2012 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  36. Scott

    I am sorry, in which country is giving someone the tongue out of the blue an accepted norm?

    May 25, 2012 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  37. Whoops

    It wasn't a 'both cheek " greeting kiss, it was an attempt to plant a full face "tongue in the mouth" smooch. Will was charitable–he should have decked the i d o t.

    May 25, 2012 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  38. DanFromParma

    No Joesph, it shows your ignroance. It is an acceptable practice in certain countries. But it is not here. You show respect for a act if it is a custome int he country the act occurs in. NOT if it occurs someplace else.

    numb nuts

    May 25, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  39. umm no

    I think you are the ignorant one. Just because something is customary somewhere does not mean a visitor from elsewhere must observe that custom. The guy KNEW Will Smith was from a place where kissing in that fashion is not customary. Respect goes both ways and when the journalist lied about what he wanted and then tried to force a kiss on another man who might not be okay with that, he got exactly what he deserved.

    FYI if a man tried to kiss me without first obtaining my permission, I'd b!tch slap him too.

    May 25, 2012 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  40. GOP

    Conservatives all blow goats. Hey! See how easy it is to invent facts without any apparent connection to reality? No wonder it's so easy for Republicans and Fox News...

    May 25, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  41. John

    Will all of you please join me in "Report abuse"-ing this political zealot?

    May 25, 2012 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Julie

    Really? can YOU find politics and post there?? ah?

    May 27, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Julie

    find: Politics....then post there, or just go away!

    May 27, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |

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