AceShowbiz - More and more celebrities weighed in on Will Smith's Oscars slap drama, in which he smacked Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars. Among those who shared his two cents on the matter was Courtney B. Vance, who claimed that his wife Angela Bassett once faced similar situation.
During his appearance on Power 105.1 FM's "The Breakfast Club", Vance recalled a time when he had to encourage his wife to ignore a fan who provoked her at an airport. He shared that the fan approached them in baggage claim at an airport, asking for an autograph.
"[The fan] wanted an autograph. I said, 'It's not appropriate right now. Please give us our [privacy]. If you recognize us, then [others] will, and it'll be on,' " Vance shared. That didn't sit well with the fan, who allegedly later "cussed [Bassett] out" and tried "to provoke her" as she continued to follow the couple at the airport.
Vance encouraged Bassett to just ignore the fan as he explained, "I said, 'Angie, just keep walking, baby. Just keep walking. We're going to our car. Just keep walking.' " According to the "61st Street" star, the fan even said, "I never liked your movies anyway!"
"You have to understand the situation and be able to sometimes know [when] it's time to step up and say, 'Don't you dare,' and sometimes you just gotta just walk away," he said. "What we don't wanna see is Angela Bassett pimp-slapping [anybody]. You ain't getting [a reaction]. We're not going down like that. We worked too hard for an incident that's just gonna be folklore in our mind."
Meanwhile, Benzino compared Smith and Rock's drama to the night where Tupac Shakur got killed back in 1996. "This is how Tupac got killed," Benzino said in an interview with VladTV. "It was at an event. They seen somebody that supposedly took a chain. They jumped him and then later on 'Pac got shot up in a car. That s**t could have happened to Will Smith."
"What if he left going to the party and then Will Smith's car got shot up like Tupac's then everybody is mourning and going crazy," he continued. "Will should've held some constraint and some professionalism and then if it was that bad bring your wife and check him backstage."
Benzino's comments, however, drew backlash against him. "Taking it to too far," one Internet user commented. "Benzino shut up," someone else added.