Will Smith was highly criticized for his actions at the Academy Awards in 2022 when he waltzed on the stage and slapped comedian Chris Rock for making a joke that felt offensive to the actor’s wife Jada Smith, creating drama for the entire world to witness.
Despite his actions, the American actor has somehow been praised by the legendary figure Richard Williams, who is the father and former coach to the top athletes ever to compete in the WTA Circuit, Serena Williams and Venus Williams.
Although the incident attracted significant heat toward the actor, he was able to walk away from the awards bagging the Oscar for best actor for his role in the biopic ‘King Richard’ which revolved around the life of Richard Williams’ hardships and story when he trained his daughters to become one of the most acclaimed athletes of all time.
Surrounding the entire fiasco, Richard Williams in a recent interview shared his views on the matter and by the looks of it is strongly supportive of Will Smith’s actions.
“If a person were to hurt Venus and Serena, I have to teach them to defend themselves. Even Venus and Serena can do that, that’s easy man. I have a lot of respect for Will Smith. He’s a strong man, and he’s not afraid to stand up for what he believes in,” added Williams as he revealed his admiration for the actor’s actions.
Extending further support and admiration towards the actions of the talented actor, Richard said that he does not have a care in the world when it comes to people opinionating about him and said that he is very peaceful at the moment.
Williams also admitted that a younger version of himself back in the day was capable of killing almost anyone, which solidifies his stance and willingness to protect his family at any cost.
Will Smith was slapped with a ban from attending the Oscars
The 95th Academy Awards are just around the corner and sadly Will Smith remains one of the actors who will stay out of the attendees’ list.
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Smith was expelled from the Academy in 2022 and presented with a 10-year ban from attending any events hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences two weeks after he stunned the world with his Chris Rock slap. He is however eligible to be nominated for the Oscars.
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