"Did you know that you can pick any object, look at it, and ask it what it thinks of you?" asks a Tiktok video. Smith asks this to his Oscar.
Nearly a year after the infamous Oscars slap incident, Will Smith is on TikTok making a joke about the impact that one moment had on his life and career. He is joining an odd new trend of asking objects around you what they think about you. Smith found a video of a woman recommending that people try this, saying that when you ask this question to any object in your home, an answer will form in your head, thanks to "intuition." Smith quickly thought of something he could try this with.
Sam Rossi, who bills herself as a "multi-millionaire mentor," claims in the original video that you can change your life, or at least "make it so much more interesting and fun." This claim appears dubious to us, but the exercise she suggests may be temporarily entertaining to some. "Did you know that you can pick any object, look at it, and ask it what it thinks of you?" Rossi asks while Smith carefully listens and reacts to what she's saying. "So, for example, you can pick up a pen and ask it how it sees you or what it thinks of you, and you will get an answer in your mind from your intuition. You can ask your car what it thinks of you. You can even ask money what it thinks of you."
Smith then closes the other video, reaches over, and pulls the Oscar he won that night in 2022 into view. He sighs, turns to face the camera, then back to the Oscar, as if preparing to ask the question before the video ends abruptly. It was pretty brave of him to make a joke out of it. It's a pretty good joke.
Will Smith won his first Academy Award minutes after slapping host Chris Rock in the face for making a joke about his wife's baldness. When he made a joke about Jada's shaved head, Rock reportedly had no idea Jada Pinkette Smith had alopecia, a condition that causes hair loss and is especially common in Black women, implying his offense was unintentional. Smith had been quick to tell the Oscars host, "Keep my wife's name out of your f—ing mouth" in more ways than one. Smith apologized for the slap several times, including during his Oscar acceptance speech for his leading role in King Richard, during which he explained that the role inspired him to become a protector for the people in his life. "I'm being called on in my life to love people and to protect people and to be a river to my people," he said.
Although he did apologize, the Academy voted to exclude Smith from future Oscar considerations since violence is not to be tolerated. Opinions on this were mixed since he could have chosen to handle it differently. But, almost a year later, Smith is finally starting to make jokes about what happened, and his TikTok followers are enjoying it. "If you can't laugh at yourself right lol love it," wrote @bartonik1smooch_official. "Oscar: "I expected more from you," teased @kaylierenee126. "At least he knows what name it will KEEP OUT OF ITS MOUTH!" commented @redheadhippie92. "Well done Will Smith. Well done," added @qsilversky.
Rossi, a lifestyle guru, author and social media personality, told Newsweek that her "heart skipped a beat" when she found out that Smith had created a remix of her TikTok video. She added: "I think Will chose to react to my video because he wanted to make a joke about how his Oscar might think he's crazy for the drama that happened at the Oscars in 2022, and I love that because I believe we're all just here to create different experiences for ourselves...I would totally do the same thing!"
Well, if any of us ever won the Oscar, we could consider doing the same—making a Tiktok video of asking the award what it thinks about us.