"Will Smith is in India? Good."
On April 23, 2022, Will Smith, who slapped Chris Rock on the Academy Awards stage was spotted at a private airport in Mumbai.
Comedian Vir Das shared a comic ‘welcome’ post for Will and joked that in India, he will learn to slap comedians with legal cases, instead of his hands.
With his post, Vir indirectly mentioned the legal cases levied on him after his controversial ‘I come from two Indias’ performance in 2021.
Sharing a note, Vir wrote: “Welcome welcome.”
His note reads: “Will Smith is in India? Good. He can learn to stop slapping comedians with his hands and start slapping them with legal cases.”
He was referring to Indian comedians like himself and Munawar Faruqui facing lawsuits for their jokes or even being arrested for offending sentiments.
One person commented on Vir’s post: “Ironical damage.”
Another one said: “Common Vir, let’s not assume. Maybe he wants to star in Student of the Year 3 (after filming a video with the cast of SOTY 2) lol.”
A third commented: “Maybe he’s in India to give training to people on how to deal with comedians who make inappropriate jokes.”
Last seen in Judd Apatow’s Netflix comedy film The Bubble, Vir Das had earlier also talked about the Oscar controversy when one person said that he should also face the Chris Rock treatment.
The person had tweeted: “Someone needs to do a Will Smith on this one. He would totally deserve it too.”
Vir Das had responded: “You’re welcome to buy a front-row ticket and try at my next show.
“Just know I slap back. Also, once you’ve spent that front row money, your wife will probably slap you for ruining her evening. Cheers.”
In November 2021, Vir had uploaded a video on YouTube, titled ‘I come from two Indias’, which was a part of his performance at the John F Kennedy Centre in Washington DC.
Clips from his monologue, specifically the part where the comedian said “I come from an India where we worship women during the day and gang-rape them during the night” were posted on social media.
Vir was slammed on social media and was slapped with legal cases.
Will landed himself in controversy in March during the Oscars 2022 award night.
While presenting the Best Documentary Feature award, Chris made a joke about Will’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head.
He said he couldn’t wait to see Jada, who has alopecia areata, star in G.I. Jane 2.
This led to Will going up on stage and slapping Chris.
The actor returned to his seat and shouted, “Keep my wife’s name out of your fu**ing mouth!”
Will Smith went on to win the Best Actor award later in the night. He has been banned from attending Academy ceremonies for 10 years.