Over the years, Marlon Wayan candidly discussed the importance of therapy, especially within the black community.
The comedian reiterated those similar sentiments to his friend Will Smith after the star’s controversial moment at the Oscars last month. During the ceremony, which took place on March 27, Smith slapped Chris Rock for joking about the shaved head of Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.
Although Smith won Best Actor for his role in “King Richard” that night, the 53-year-old received significant backlash. Aside from some public scrutiny, the spinoff included several of Smith’s upcoming projects being put on hold to be banned from the Oscars for ten years. Since then, Smith has kept a relatively low profile.
On April 29, during an interview with “Big Boy TV”, Wayans revealed his reaction to seeing Smith’s incident with Rock. The ‘White Chicks’ star joked at 10:10 p.m. that he felt “someone put something” in his weed. “I thought it was wrong. I thought someone put something in my weed. I dropped my weed. Either I’m high or Will is high.
Wayans went on to add that Smith’s incident may stem from the actor’s 30 years of being an exemplary image in the public eye. He said: “I think that pressure of 30 years of excellence is hard to do. This man, he just snapped, you know what I mean? You need to check your strong friends.
Wayans continued, “This brother was under a lot. Something was wrong for him to snap and forget what he had been working towards for 30 years. Thirty years of perfection and this brother, he cracked.
The 49-year-old concluded the chat by mentioning that he had suggested Smith undergo post-slap therapy for underlying issues the actor may be dealing with in private.
He told Big Boy, “I don’t forgive or excuse him, but I hit him. I was like, ‘Hey bro, maybe you should go get yourself like three hours of therapy, like three o’clock this week, you gotta sit down with a therapist and have a long talk. Something is going on with you. It wasn’t him.
Wayans also said he brought up the idea of therapy because he didn’t understand the kind of pressure Smith was under to be the perfect role model because he’d been given a free pass his entire career.
“I don’t have that kind of pressure. He was black excellence for thirty years. I have been black. … People expect me to do stupid things, but he, no, not Will.