A new petition on Change.org is urging journalists to refrain from interviewing Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith.
Launched on Friday (November 26) by Dexter Morales, the petition had attracted more than 2,400 signatories at press time. Morales is aiming for 2,500, reasoning that that milestone would make it likelier to be picked up by the mainstream media.
Morales has not elucidated the motive behind the petition, but it comes after the release earlier this month of ‘Will’, the ‘Men in Black’ star’s first memoir. A number of revelations within it have made headlines, including but not limited to Smith’s use of ayahuasca to save his marriage, his past battles with suicidal thoughts, his ‘fantasy harem’ of celebrity girlfriends and his son Jaden’s efforts at emancipation.
In an admission that may have prompted Morales’ objections, Smith also discussed his sex addiction, claiming to have since indulged so readily as to have made himself ill. “I desperately need relief, but as there is no pill for heartbreak, I resorted to the homeopathic remedies of shopping and rampant sexual intercourse,” he said in a passage on a particularly painful break-up.
“Over the next few months, I went full ghetto hyena. I had sex with so many women, and it was so constitutionally disagreeable to the core of my being, that I developed a psychosomatic reaction to having an orgasm.” One signatory to the petition said “the throwing up thing was the last straw.”
Pinkett-Smith, for her part, has been similarly candid lately, revealing addictions to sex, alcohol, ecstasy, cannabis and pornography on her Facebook chat show, ‘Red Table Talk’. “Not everything has to be public knowledge,” said Gandhi Anastacio as they signed the petition. “We are all exhausted,” added Tammi Martin.
‘Will’, in which Smith also talks about his jealousy at Tupac Shakur’s friendship with Pinkett-Smith and his feelings for his ‘Six Degrees of Separation’ co-star Stockard Channing, is available now.
Smith is in Oscars contention for his performance in the Williams sisters biopic ‘King Richard’, which was released in the UK last month.