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  1. candide001 says

    Sorry, Will. It’s been a long standing tradition for Russian men to kiss each other on the mouth. It’s part of their culture. French men who have no problem on kissing on the cheek/s have often mocked the Russians for their habit de s’embrasser sur la bouche. All that money of yours, Will, invest in an education.

  2. SFshawn says

    Is it awkward because he’s used to hiring male prostitutes and keeping it on the ‘down-low’ or is it awkward because he and his lesbian wife are getting tired of playing the fake hetro game?

  3. Johnny says

    Yeah! not buying it either, most people would have laughed it off, but to slap the dude…not cool. In this case it’s your actions that speak louder than your opinion Will.

  4. mattsy says

    He refused to kiss an actor in his film Six Degrees of Seperation, in which he played a GAY character. I’ve hated him since then, but my gaydar isnt going off when I watched the clip he’s discussing or this clip. HMMMMM. Is Jada the only gay one in that relationship or what?

  5. Tom says

    Whether Smith is gay or not doesn’t matter. The Russian is known to purposely do this as a joke. Some think slapping the guy goes to far, but too bad, you don’t get to dictate people’s reactions when put in any situation. I’d do the same and have when a guy tries to kiss me or grab my ass in a club. Same thing, personal space should be respected.

  6. Disgusted American says

    what Will Smith shoulda said is “He caught me off guard..and my 1st reaction wa to put my hand up”….” I had no idea that was that reporters schtick” see ez peezy

  7. jed says

    The Ukrainian reporter’s schtick is to kiss his subjects in an attempt to test them in the same way Sasha Baron Cohen pushes limits of social awkwardness. Not a fan of La Smith, and though I don’t have the same issue Mr. Smith has with kissing men, I share his objection to unwanted advances.

  8. Charlie says

    I completely support Will Smith on this. I would slap someone that tried to kiss me, too. It’s not ok to just walk up to a stranger and kiss them. It doesn’t mean you hate gay people or your closeted or you don’t support gay rights…it just means I respect myself and my private space and you’re a stranger.

    Anybody trying to make this into something else is just being stupid. It’s not ok for a stranger to kiss you. Shake hands, yes. Try to sexually assault you, no.

    I can’t believe this is even a debate.

  9. JimmyD says

    Unwanted advances are unwanted advances. And Smith didn’t SLAP him, he kind of half-ass brushed him away with his hand.
    It may be the reporters schtick… but to someone unaware? I’d have decked him.

  10. Graphicjack says

    Its considered proper etiquette for a traveller to adapt to the culture of the country they are visiting. It may be understandable that Will misunderstood the kiss and panicked, but even do, he crossed a line when he resorted to a (very mild) violent act. This was NOT an advance or an assault… It was a greeting that if anyone would have done their homework, would have been understood as such. It’s arrogant behaviour like this, where Americans and even worse, celebrity Americans, expect everyone to adapt to what THEY are comfortable with, that gives them the reputation of Ugly American Tourists.

  11. Graphicjack says

    Its considered proper etiquette for a traveller to adapt to the culture of the country they are visiting. It may be understandable that Will misunderstood the kiss and panicked, but even do, he crossed a line when he resorted to a (very mild) violent act. This was NOT an advance or an assault… It was a greeting that if anyone would have done their homework, would have been understood as such. It’s arrogant behaviour like this, where Americans and even worse, celebrity Americans, expect everyone to adapt to what THEY are comfortable with, that gives them the reputation of Ugly American Tourists.

  12. ElCid says

    @GRAPHICJACK:
    Are you HIGH or what?
    What the reporter did clearly had an intention and it WAS NOT a cultural thing. You should know better man!
    As for the news, it is unbelievable that some people are discussing whether Will Smith is gay or not without even care about the fact that this was a completely out of line reporter who provided with an unsolicited kiss and NO ONE should be expected to take that!.
    Honestly, I expect a little more educated opinions people…

  13. Jim Sydney says

    This is the same reporter that purposefully gave Madonna Hydrangea’s to illicit a reaction. @GRAPHICJACK – You are creating a mountain out of a mole hill. And so is anyone else who wants to extrapolate homophobia out of this.

    In summary: Man slaps another who tries to kiss him uninvited. That doesn’t sound outrageous.

  14. Rodrick says

    It’s only sexual harassment when the guy is fat and unattractive. If a Men’s Health cover model (I know, I know everyone is going to pretend that Men’s Health models are not hot and how they really like regular guys with beer guts) grabbed your ass and tried to kiss you, I hardly think one would punch him ala Tom.

  15. finkles2000 says

    I could have sworn the same thing happened at an MTV Movie Awards (?) years ago when Jim Carrey tried to kiss Will Smith. He kind of had a mini-freak out, if memory serves me correctly.

  16. Ellie B. says

    I have to say that while I think the reaction was a bit over the top, I think a person has the right to not be kissed on the mouth by a stranger if he or she does not want to. That is NOT a cultural thing, it’s a matter of a person’s right to personal space. Stop trying to make this a gay vs straight issue. It’s an issue of VERY BAD MANNERS on the part of the idiot who felt entitled to kiss Will Smith on the lips without consent. I would totally flip out if some creep did that to me, and I’m NOT a famous person!

  17. J.D. says

    Sympathy for the repulsive hot mess on this one. Like when the attention whore posing as a reporter squirted Tom Cruise with water out of a fake microphone a couple of years ago. Even closeted billionaires deserve respect for boundaries.

  18. darkmoonman says

    Re: Russian/Ukrainian normalcy – perhaps Mr. Smith, like the typical AMerican, is totally ignorant of the manners of any country he visits.

  19. finkles2000 says

    And perhaps the reporter was totally ignorant of the fact that Americans typically don’t greet each other with a kiss on the face.

    Why the American-bashing? Geezus . . .

  20. woodroad34d says

    I remember a time back in the late 70’s when I was working on “General Hospital”. Richard Simmons was just becoming popular and he did several stints on “General Hospital” as an aerobic class instructor that several of the female characters would go to as a foil to get the story moving. I was walking down the dressing room hallway and he was with a large group of the actors and reporters. Being outrageous he saw me and came up to me and planted one on my mouth in front of everyone. It shocked and embarrassed me and he laughed and told me to get over it. I’ve hated him ever since. I’m with Will Smith on this: it was awkward.

  21. Donald says

    I totally agree with Will on this, the reporter asked for a hug, Will gave him one and then the reporter attempted (attempted only) to kiss him, physical violence was really the only action Will could have taken. I mean, he couldn’t have just pushed the reporter away, quickly turned his head, put a hand up…the only way to deal with this was to pussy slap him in the face. Bravo Will, bravo.

  22. socal says

    Smith has always been a homophobe. Remember the brouha surrounding the on-screen man kiss in “Six Degrees of Separation”? He sought advice from his equally homophobic pal Denzel and was advised “Don’t Do It”. So he didn’t.

  23. Chris says

    It’s funny how people are saying that he is hiding his sexuality by slapping the guy. You can be gay and not be ok with any guy trying to kiss you right? I mean it’s not because you’re officially gay that you have to let anyone kiss you…it’s just plain stupid! I think he was really surprised and I understand him, it was really awkward!

  24. Jaroslaw says

    Perusing “Gay history” on the net I ran across a Russian postage stamp of two important male politicians kissing, so for those who imply it is NOT customary for Russians males to kiss on the lips, please explain that stamp. As for Will Smith, I always thought he macho’d it up a bit too much and those are the guys who are usually closet cases. He’s lucky though, I didn’t think he was particularly impressive on Fresh Prince” but years of drama coaching worked wonders as it would on most anyone.

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