Disney Still Using Will Smith Content Despite Backlash From Oscar Slap

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Will Smith (Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Aladdin, I Am Legend, King Richardmade headlines back in March after he walked up on stage and slapped Chris Rock (Spiral, The Longest Yard, Grown Ups 2across the face after the comedian made a joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith (Girls Trip, Scream 2) and her new movie G.I. Jane 2.

Ever since, a handful of upcoming Will Smith projects have been paused due to the aftermath and backlash the actor has received. Additionally, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences officially banned Will Smith from future Oscar events for the next 10 years.

Will Smith holding award at 2022 Oscars
Credit: ABC

Related: Will Smith posts moving tribute to Robin Williams as Genie from Disney’s “Aladdin”

Fans are also calling to Universal Orlando to retheme Men in Black: Alien Attack as after the Oscar slap, some Guests cannot look at the ride the same.

Despite the backlash and aftermath Will Smith has received, Disney is continuing to promote Smith’s content. Last weekend, when listening to the Disney Hits station on Sirius XM radio, Will Smith’s version of “Friend Like Me” came on.

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Credit: Inside the Magic

Related: Will Smith responds to ‘Aladdin’ co-star after stating he’s had no auditions since film debuted

Will Smith took on the iconic role of Genie in Disney’s live-acton version of Aladdin (2019). Robin Williams previously voiced Genie in Disney’s animated version of Aladdin (1992).

Aladdin (2019) was a huge success for The Walt Disney Company as it broke records and earned more than $1 billion. The film starred Will Smith (Genie), Mena Massoud (Aladdin), Naomi Scott (Jasmine), Marwan Kenzari (Jafar), Navid Negahban (Sultan), Nasim Pedrad (Dalia), Billy Magnussen (Prince Anders), and more. Aladdin (2019 was directed by Guy Ritchie.

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Credit: Disney

What do you think of Disney playing Will Smith’s “Friend Like Me” on Disney Hits on Sirius XM? Should they have played Robin Williams’s version instead? Let us know in the comments below.

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