Will Smith leaned right in to his tainted reputation after the Oscar’s slap with a low-key video posted to TikTok on Tuesday.
The video was a duet with user Sam Rossi (Miss Money Working), who coaxes Smith to ask inanimate objects how they feel about him as part of an exercise. “This works because everything has consciousness,” Rossi wrote in her caption. “You can pick up a pen and ask it how it sees you or what it thinks of you,” she continued. “And you will get an answer in your mind from your intuition.” Smith silently picked up an Oscar.
@willsmith #duet with @missmoneyworking ♬ original sound – Will Smith
“You can ask your car what it thinks of you, you can even ask money what it thinks of you,” Rossi said in the video.
Smith didn’t utter a single word in the clip, but the messaging was clear. Smith’s choice to pick up the award spoke volumes.
The video was posted nearly a year to the date of the Academy Awards fiasco, where Smith walked up to the stage and slapped Chris Rock over a joke about his wife.
The slap has become so synonymous with Smith’s identity that he didn’t have to speak to make his statement.
He cleverly alluded to the fact that he knows his behavior tainted his Best Actor Oscar for “King Richard.” The idea that the award would have the ability to tell Smith what it thinks of him suggests he may not like what it had to say. (RELATED: Eddie Murphy Dragged Will Smith’s Oscars Slap Right Into The Golden Globes)
The video ended with Smith’s lips moving and it was obvious he was about to say something, but the clip cut out.
Smith’s return to comedy may have just debuted with a video of the actor making fun of himself.