How peoples react to Will Smith’s Genie costume on Tweeter?
The age of Disney live-action remakes is upon us, and so far the Mouse House has succeeded. 2015’s Cinderella is perfect. And the Jon Favreau’s acclaimed version of The Jungle Book was the best of 2016. The 2017 live-action Beauty and the Beast didn’t score quite as good with critics. But it still got a whopping $1.2 billion at the worldwide box office. The studio has three big live – action in 2019. But while The Lion King succeeding; people are getting worried about Aladdin. And so the first official photos (released via Entertainment Weekly). It has done little to ease those concerns.
The biggest news for most fans seems to be the fact that Will Smith is playing the Genie. A character which immortalized by the late, great Robin Williams. Smith told EW that his performance as genie would be “an homage” to Williams. But would have a different musical style. He said that there hasn’t been a lot of that hip-hop flavor in Disney history. We get that they’re trying to do a lot of new things on the Genie, but why isn’t he blue? And what’s up with that hairdo though? Smith answered the first question that The Genie will be a blue, CGI Genie most of the time. But he hasn’t responded to a mountain of tweets about his character’s costume. Here’s a roundup of the best Twitter reactions he has.
Summoning the Sinbad of our dreams
Actor and professional wrestler RJ Skinner – RJ City – helped reignite an age-old discussion. That’s when he saw Will Smith’s Genie costume. According to a source, that costume involved ’90s comedy star Sinbad. A generation of kids then grew up believing that Sinbad (David Adkins) had starred as a genie in Shazaam. But here’s the thing, that movie actually never even existed. According to Snopes, “Sinbad-genie phenomenon” is an example of the Mandela Effect. Which is a kinda logic but false memory?
Those who try to perpetuate the myth have been circulating fake VSH covers. But Sinbad has always denied it. He blames all this on the imagination of kids in the ’90s, but RJ City gave a different explanation. He said if everyone remembers the alternate universe when they thought Sinbad starred in a Genie movie. Because it turns out they were actually thinking of a timeline in the future with Will Smith. We think he might actually be on to something here.
Twitter goes on the Shaq attack
It’s possible that the reasons people believe they remember a Sinbad movie. It is because of the similarly titled Kazaam. For those of you who lucky enough to have avoided 1996’s Kazaam all these years. The movie turned Shaquille O’Neal as a rapping genie. Who appears from a magical boombox to grant a boy named Max three wishes? If that sounds ridiculous to you, that’s because it is.
Kazaam has an extremely low 6 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Critics bemoaned about the movie that Shaq’s charisma is extinguished by rote filmmaking. And also an unimaginative story. The movie has actually busted for ripping off numerous plot points from Disney’s 1992 animated Aladdin. But for many, O’Neal’s flop has become a major cult classic — Erik Lonnquist included. O’Neal even tweeted to Will Smith. He said that Will can never replace the world’s greatest live-action movie genie. “It’s a lost cause.”
That hairdo may finish him
Marlow Stern, Senior Entertainment Editor of the Daily Beast. He was one of many journalists. Who tweeted about the first official images of Will Smith in his said Genie costume. But instead of questioning his casting or the fact that he wasn’t blue at all. Stern just made a clever observation. He tweeted that Will Smith’s Genie in Aladdin got the Goro hairdo from Mortal Kombat, and he’s not wrong.
Turned out, Smith’s Genie isn’t the first to take inspiration from Goro. You know, the four-armed Shokan warrior famous for his brutality. Filmmaker Gabriel Barreto was quick to point out. That pop star Ariana Grande has also been using the Goro look. Barreto said that one taught him loves, one taught him patience and one taught him pain. He then tweeting an image of Goro, Grande, and Smith side by side for comparison. We’ll let you choose who wore it better.
In West Philadelphia, born and raised…
If there was one man you could guarantee was going to jump in on the Will Smith Genie discussion, it’s Dave Itzkoff. Dave is in fact, a culture reporter at The New York Times. When he’s not writing about movies, he’ll work on books. And his most recent release was Robin, portrayed Robin Williams. Itzkoff is in fact “an unabashed fan” of the late comic. So it sure he’d have something to say about Smith’s updated version of the Genie.
Instead of tearing into the first images of Smith in his Genie character. Itzkoff gave a simple (albeit insane) solution. He captioned in a picture of Smith’s Genie that it’s not too late to salvage this. But in place of that perfectly cut beard is Gritty. He’s the totally creepy mascot of the Philadelphia Flyers. As we all know, the Fresh Prince was born and raised in the West Philadelphia. But for some reason, we can’t see Disney going for this late addition to his Genie costume.
Hedge your bets, folks!
If you’re British and you’re a gamer, then you’ve probably heard of the name Chris Scullion before. The veteran video games journalist handled his trade in the Official Nintendo Magazine at one stage. He has also written for CVG, the longest-running British gaming publication in history. Sadly, both magazines no longer exist. But Scullion still wants to shares his expert opinions via his own website, Tired Old Hack. He’s also active on Twitter, where he joined the discussion over Smith’s new Genie costume. In that, he offered an exceptional alternative.
Scullion tweeted that he sees a lot of people are unhappy that Will Smith’s Genie character isn’t blue in the cover. He then tells peoples to not worry because he found a way to kill two birds with one stone. The self-proclaimed hack came up with a solution only fit someone who grew up obsessing over video games in the ’90s. Will Smith’s Genie’s head right on Sonic the Hedgehog’s body.
Jada: We need to talk
Saeed Jones, who is the co-host of the BuzzFeed show AM2DM. He’s also the author of Prelude to Bruise, a compilation of poems that won the 2015 Stonewall Book Award. Publishers Weekly said in its review that Jones has crafted a fever dream. Which is something like magic in his debut collection? That sounds lovely, but when Jones chimed in on the Genie discussion. There was, in fact, nothing particularly poetic about his comment. Even though he did raise a good point.
Jones tweeted, wondered what could Will Smith possibly have done to deserve this. Because Jada is gonna have to do a whole episode of Read Table Talk about this hair piece. Jones miss spelled Red to Read in his tweet, which is the name of Jada Pinkett Smith’s Facebook Watch series. Will’s wife has been bashing some pretty juicy gossip in recent episodes. She even opened up about her relationship with former NBA star Grant Hill back in the ’90s. Who knows, maybe we’ll get to hear Jada’s impression on her hubby’s new costume.
Doh! Smith is trending for the wrong reasons
Kyle Cardine is a producer on AM2DM, the BuzzFeed show which co-hosted by Saeed Jones. Like Jones, Cardine couldn’t help but notice. That after the first official images of Will Smith as the Genie dropped. But instead of taking a shot at the actor he chooses to poke fun at the internet’s reaction to those images. Captioned “Tweeter this morning”, he tweeting a new version of a Homer Simpson meme. The one that used to convey cluelessness about trends. In this instance, Smith Genie have replaced all the peoples around Homer in the bar.
This was the second time Smith had took responsibility to be the subject of online satire in as many weeks. Beneath Cardine’s tweet, his followers were quick to mentions the disaster that was YouTube Rewind 2018. In which Smith played an important part. The actor’s involvement caused a lot of stir within the YouTube community. The community whose members were quick to upload videos ridiculing the A-lister.
Big Willy responds
Smith then shared the Entertainment Weekly cover with his Instagram followers. He must have been aware of Twitter’s current state. In an attempt to cool things down, the actor told fans that his Genie, for the most part, will be blue. He captioned the photo with said that check him rockin’ the top knot ponytail vibes. Or something like that. And then he confirms that he will be blue, the official photos are just the Genie is in human/disguise form. He also stated that his character will be CGI most of the time. But, when the EW images dropped, lots of people were unaware that this was the Genie disguised as a human. One disgruntled Disney fan even took it upon himself to make the Genie blue himself.
Photoshop wizard and popular fan artist BossLogic adjusted the photo before sharing it on Instagram. Where ComicBook.com noticed it! The publication described the blue Smith Genie as kinda terrifying. Which is pretty much hits the nail on the head. Let’s hope the final version isn’t as creepy as this.
When Star Wars is in the mix, you know it’s bad
Erik Kain is a video game and TV writer currently plying his position at Forbes. After seeing the first official images from the upcoming live-action movie Aladdin. Erik tweeted his opinions. Kain said in his tweet that doing Aladdin without Robin Williams is a bit like Solo without Harrison Ford. He wrote this in a tweet, but it was also the title of an opinion piece he penned for Forbes. In it, he believed that Disney really had no choice. So they have to take a completely different angle with the Genie character. Because he thinks that no one can replicate the brilliance of Robin Williams’ performance.
Kain said that there wasn’t such a wide gulf between animated Belle and the live-action version of Emma Watson in 2017. He said that they’re different but they’re not entirely different. So he thinks that’s the whole point in casting Will Smith instead of someone else. Who’s more Williams-like, if that person even exists. Because of Williams’s unreplaceable. Thus, it’s better to choose someone who’s different enough to accept him as a new Genie altogether.
We wished for sarcasm, and we got it
Actor Joshua Malina is the man who demolished The West Wing. (Those are actually his words, not ours.) In his Twitter bio, Malina jokes about the fact that peoples blame him for the downfall of powerhouse political drama. His character, Will Bailey, appeared in Season 4, while favorite Sam Seaborn (Rob Lowe) was on his way out. Malina is able to laugh at the thought that he ruined the show. And he apparently thinks Will Smith is destined for a similar fate with Aladdin.
After seeing the first official images of Smith in costume as the normal skin Genie. Malina tweet that Smith will ruin the movie. He said that he saw ‘Will Smith’ trending and his heart dropped. He even said that for a second he thought he was going to play Genie in Aladdin live-action version. Other Twitter users then came to Smith’s defense. They even pointed out Heath Ledger who turned in an Oscar-winning performance in 2008’s The Dark Knight.
Die-hard fans are sticking up for the brand-new Genie
Sean O’Donnell represents himself as an actor, musician, and photographer in his Twitter bio. But there’s one important role he forgets to mention: He may be Will Smith’s chief defender. He also has more than 65,000 subscribers on YouTube. Where he’s best known for his collaborations with Jordan Doww. O’Donnell didn’t approve of the way Smith and his rather strange Genie get-up were being mocked on Twitter. So he jumped to the actor’s defense in the name of justice. On Twitter, O’Donnell told his followers to stop moaning about the Genie costume and just get behind Big Willy.
He tweeted that everyone ripping apart what Genie looks like in the live action Aladdin. But he’ll trust Will Smith till the day he dies so he’ll rock with it. Smith’s career has been on a downward slide for a number of years, like Digital Spy’s low score in 2017. But let’s wait and see what the full CGI Genie looks like before we go bashing the movie.