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“You can’t protect your family”: Will Smith Admits ‘Safety is an Illusion’ Prior to Oscars Slap Controversy

Oscars have always been a topic of discussion but the 2022 Oscars were more highlighted than ever due to the infamous slap. Will Smith became the talk of the town after slapping Chris Rock on the stage during the live ceremony. Here’s a recap of the infamous incident that happened at Oscars 2022.

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Will Smith Slapping Chris Rock

During the Academy Awards, comedian Chris Rock Actor cracked a joke on Jada Pinkett-Smith’s bald look, which in turn triggered Will Smith to assault the comedian on the live stage. Chris made the joke about Smith’s wife who suffers from alopecia, a medical condition that causes baldness. This incident led to a major controversy.

Even before the infamous slap controversy, Will Smith appeared in an interview and opened up about his thoughts on pain and protecting one’s family.

Will Smith in My Next Guest Needs No Introduction interview

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Will Smith appeared in the series My Next Guest Needs No Introduction

Will Smith recently appeared on the latest episode of the fourth season of David Letterman’s Netflix series My Next Guest Needs No Introduction.

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The series showed the actor discussing his 2021 memoir titled Will. The 53-year-old actor discussed how taking his time away from acting to focus on writing has changed his working experience.

“My experiences and my life, and the writing of this book have unlocked a part of me, as an actor, that is like nothing I’ve ever experienced.”

Will Smith’s Concept of Protection is An Illusion

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Will Smith’s thoughts on life and family

The actor talked about experiencing an exciting life as his reach has changed from what it was when he was in pain.


“Life is so exciting to me right now because I can reach people differently than I’ve ever been able to reach people, largely because of my pain. I’m ready to dive into my heart in a way that I think will be, hopefully, fulfilling for me and helpful for the human family.”

Smith also talked about protecting his family while learning life lessons over the years, “You can’t protect your family — that’s not real. Protection and safety are an illusion. You have to learn to live with the reality that at any moment, anything can be gone in one second. So with that reality, how can you be here? And how can you be joyful and be here?”

The episode of Will Smith dropped on Friday opened with the message, “This episode was recorded before the 2022 Academy Awards ceremony.”

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