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By Amy Ryan
Updated June 29, 2005 at 11:11 PM EDT
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Give Will Smith credit for having enough nerve to bite the hand that first fed him. At last night’s BET Awards, which he and Jada hosted, the couple issued some tongue-in-cheek rules for music award winners, including, ”Do not thank God if you cannot perform your work in church.” That was mild compared to his remarks in an Associated Press interview before the show, where he managed to criticize gangsta rappers for being poor role models without sounding cranky or sanctimonious, like another former NBC sitcom star we could name. Says Big Willie:

He also managed to tweak BET itself for not playing videos by more positive-minded rappers, like Common, Mos Def, or himself. Read the rest of his interview here.

addCredit(“Will Smith: John D McHugh/AP”)

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