Weeks after Will Smith dropped his New York Times best-selling memoir, “Will,” a petition has been created beseeching reporters to call a long timeout on interviewing the star and his wife. In less than a week, the organizers have garnered over 17,000 signatures.
The Change.org petition titled “Stop Interviewing Will and Jada Smith” was started by Dexter Morales on Nov. 26, a day after Thanksgiving. Morales doesn’t give a reason for wanting a moratorium for the celebrity duo but captions the petition with three words: “Poor Will Smith”
The “poor Will Smith” notion has been linked to the two-time Academy Award-nominated actor for over a year now. After the lovestruck millennial R&B singer August Alsina did an interview with Angela Yee and revealed that he had an affair with Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, the collective hearts of their Hollywood admirers shattered in a million pieces. Will and Jada have for decades represented one of the most elusive celebrity couples in entertainment.
The shards of their hearts were further trampled with Jada and Will produced their own rebuttal (or exclamation) of the illicit relationship on Pinkett Smith’s Facebook series ”Red Table Talk.” It was there that two of the biggest pop culture moments of 2020 were born: the term “entanglement” and the Will Smith crying meme (which replaced the crying Michael Jordan on social media).
Signatories on the Change.org petition are past the chatter about Will and Jada’s love triangle with the young Louisianan. Many of them are fed up with the bombardment of Smith family news since the release of the memoir, which goes into detail about lessons that Smith has learned over his life and the “King Richard” movie, a film based on the tenacity of Richard Williams, the father of Venus and Serena Williams.
One person shared, “I’m sick and tired of hearing the BS that goes on in their personal lives. It’s exhausting. I’ve muted their names everywhere, AND STILL SEE THIS!! I’m sick of their weirdness. Make it STOP!!!”
“I’ve learned more about this family in the past 3 months than I have in the last 10 years,” another said.
Tracey explained, “They keep shoving their personal lives down our throats, and frankly, we do not care! Attention seeking is a mental illness and they need to get help.”
Though many are asking for a reprieve from the saturation coverage of the Smiths, it doesn’t seem like the famous family will be doing so anytime soon.
Jada’s Emmy-winning “Red Table Talk” is one of the most popular investments in the Facebook streaming portfolio. And the Los Angeles Times is suggesting that Smith, for his portrayal of the Williams father, is among the top three contenders for Best Lead Actor at the 2022 Oscars. To top it off, according to IMDB, he and his production company Overbrook Entertainment have over 20 projects slated for release or filming in the next year.
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