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Yesterday PopWatch brought you the viral video of a stunned Will Smith giving a Ukrainian reporter a little smack after the man went in for a sloppy kiss at the Men In Black III Moscow premiere. Some of the comments were outraged, with accusations against Smith ranging from homophobia to ignorance of European cultural etiquette. PopWatch’s revelation that the hand-checked man in question was Vitalii Sediuk, a semi-notorious snickerer of a TV journalist who is known for such stunts didn’t seem to cut the conversation short.
Folks, look at that picture. Smith appears genuinely put out, which strikes me as a reasonable response to a stranger trying to smush his or her tongue in your mouth. Meanwhile Sediuk is grinning like an idiot, well aware that he’s hit pay dirt by eliciting a swift and dramatic response from such an affable movie star. Sediuk is the same fellow who, with feigned earnestness, gave a scornful Madonna that bouquet of hydrangeas. Admittedly, she behaved like a miserable snot but the craven videos of Sediuk smugly preening about her poor form are equally obnoxious.
“He’s lucky I didn’t sucker punch him,” Smith told his handlers, before immediately regaining his smoothest-guy-in-the-room composure. One day later we’re still writing about Sediuk so I guess he’s sucker punched us. But would that this fade quickly into the minutiae of non-news. In the last week Will Smith publicly announced his admiration for President Obama’s support of gay marriage. “If anybody can find someone to love them and to help them through this difficult thing that we call life, I support that in any shape or form,” Smith said at a press conference in Berlin. Whether you think any degree of physical violence is right or wrong, whether or not you think a kiss is just a kiss, let’s keep it real. Smith didn’t give Sediuk the back hand because he was a man. He did it because he was a clown.