It’s time for the Fresh Prince to remove his crown, get off his throne and get his ass back to Philadelphia. The reviews are in and Will Smith just can’t turn on the charm like he used to. Time was he would put out a dope tune and flash his trademark pearly whites and he would attract millions of fans to whatever piece of crap he made that month (Wild West, anyone?). But he just doesn’t have the pull he used to.
His latest movie, ‘Focus’, drew just $19.1 mil in it’s opening weekend. This was less than industry expectations, and it falls well short of the sort of dollar he usually sees – a key indication that we’re starting to get sick of his shit.
So how did the cheeky charmer from Philly fall from grace? Well tostart with, his kids are weird. Not just regular weird, but “out of touch-messiah complex-going to start a cult” weird. His son Jayden is known for tweeting some pseudo-philosophical bullshit from time to time, such as this gem:
You Do Not Know Who You Are Or Why Your Here So When You See Someone Who Dose The Society Comes Together As A Whole And Destroys Them.
— Jaden Smith (@officialjaden) March 8, 2014
He is also known for turning up to Kim and Kanye’s wedding in a White Batman outfit.
But all this can be forgiven; when I was 7 I spent the best part of a week refusing to take off my firefighter costume, and who hasn’t dabbled in shitty teenage angsty poetry when they were younger? The issue isn’t so much how much of an embarrassment this kid is, but rather that he keeps getting pushed on us despite the fact he isn’t all that talented. Did anyone like the big budget sci-fi flopagnaza ‘After Earth’, and before that “roaring success” he was allowed to butcher our childhood memories with a remake of the ‘The Karate Kid’. Due to Will’s fantastic resume and glittering career he has every right to aid his son, but we‘d all prefer it if he cut his teeth without destroying our favorite childhood movies.
It’s not just his insane children; Will has a few habits that raise eyebrows as well. Although he consistently denies being a member, it has been reported that he is very connected to Church of Scientology. In recent years he’s reportedly given $70K to various groups affiliated with the “Church”, and has opened up his own school that teaches using instructional methods developed by Scientology founder, L Ron Hubbard. He might not officially be a member, but you can bet there’s a wing of a dianetics center somewhere dedicated to him.
Overall, the downtrend in Smith’s popularity comes down to the fact he isn’t all that relatable anymore. He was once a plucky boy from the streets of Philadelphia, he “made it” in LA, but you still knew where he came from. These days he has lost the personal touch that made him so damn likeable. With his Hollywood kids and cult friendly lifestyle there just isn’t much left of the happy-go-lucky Fresh Prince we fell in love with. If Will wants to get back in our good books it might be time to return tooooo “West Philadelphia, born and raised, on the playground…”