The “King Richard” actor seems sufficiently uncomfortable in the video, which is raising a lot of questions about the couple’s relationship since he slapped Chris Rock for insulting his wife at the 94th annual Academy Awards on March 27.
Will Smith Tells Jada Pinkett Smith: ‘You Can’t Just Use Me For Social Media’
In the 2019 clip, Jada mentions that therapist Esther Perel will be coming to their Facebook “Red Table Talk.” She then asks the “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” actor, “Would you say she has been instrumental in you and I redefining our relationship?”
“I would say, don’t just start filming me without asking me,” an uncomfortable Will replies.
“Esther, come help us, please, I’m still dealing with foolishness,” Jada says as she turns the camera back to herself.
“Don’t. Don’t just…” Will responds. “My social media presence is my bread and butter. So you can’t just use me for social media. Don’t just start rolling… I’m standing in my house. Don’t start rolling.”
Jada ends the video saying, “Please watch Esther at the Red Table because she’s helped us a lot. Can’t you tell?”
Fans Call Out Jada Pinkett Smith: ‘This Video Reeks Of Abuse’
Although fans were disappointed to see the “Independence Day” actor resort to violence at the Oscars, a lot of fans seemed to put the blame on Jada in the comments.
“I cannot imagine the unrelenting, never ending torture of having to live with that woman…day and night, always on edge, never knowing when she’s going to do/say something else to hurt you,” one user wrote. “He looks so sad and empty. This video reeks of abuse.”
“It’s like annoying people who want to take your picture and you keep saying no and then they whine and harass you about it,” another stated. “NO means NO.”
“It’s like he’s responding to a weird fan harassing him,” another wrote. “It’s so uncomfortable to watch.”
“It says a lot about their relationship,” another offered. “She obviously doesn’t respect him or any boundaries he (think) he has.”
“If she was brazen enough to call his level-headed response ‘foolishness’, I can only cringe at what she said when after she stopped recording,” another user wrote.
Fans Say They Feel Sorry For Will Smith After Jada Pinkett Smith’s Video Resurfaces
“He looks tormented,” another user wrote. “I’ve gone from liking him, to disliking him to feeling sorry for him in the space of a week.”
“So this third party she’s referring to has ‘helped them redefine their relationship’ and yet when Will asks for consent/makes a boundary Jada tramples it and says this third party needs to come back and help her deal with Will’s ‘foolishness,” another noted. “This is called Triangulation and is a tactic of abuse.”
“Literally gaslighting him too,” another user pointed out. “He politely requests not to be filmed – calls him foolish for it. Demands answers and forces her views and questions on him when he’s made the boundary clear. Then undermines him and the relationship because of it.”
“I think we all know someone like Jada, who does whatever they want for attention, but then has to concoct some long philosophy lecture to explain why they are smarter and kinder than you for doing it,” another commented.
“Truly exhausting. Every time she says the Red Table stuff was in Will’s best interest it reminds me of real manipulators I know. Publicizing all this stuff is not natural. It’s like a weird social blackmail where he has to try and participate because she will announce it anyway.”
Users can check out the Red Table Talk where Jada says that she was “crying down the freaking aisle” and “didn’t really wanna get married” to Will Smith here.