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WILL SMITH Calls OZZFEST "The Least African-American Event" Outside Olympic Curling

Remember Jada Pinkett-Smith's band Wicked Wisdom? Don't worry—we'll wait.

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Will Smith is living life just like a Tarantino movie these days, isn't he?

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You know what he did to Chris Rock—no need to relive that here. But have you dug into the Fresh Prince's memoir?

Turns out the "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It" and "Parents Just Don't Understand" rapper-actor-sucker puncher was a tad hesitant to enter the pit, so to speak, when his wife Jada Pinkett-Smith's metal band Wicked Wisdom were featured on the 2005 Ozzfest.

So that you have some background, Wicked Wisdom landed the spot that year because Pinkett-Smith had become friendly with—who else?—Sharon Osbourne. As Smith wrote in his memoir, "Sharon had seen Jada’s band and some part of her understood. She and Jada became friends, and Sharon put Wicked Wisdom on Ozzfest in summer 2005.”

But hold up: that's when Big Willy drops the boom.

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"Ozzfest is the least African-American event outside of that broom-and-big-ass-hockey puck thing they do at the Olympics." Which for those wondering, the "that broom-and-big-ass-hockey puck thing" is Olympic curling. I guess he has a point—but then I wonder: has Will ever been to a Gathering of the Juggalos? That's got Ozzfest beat by a country mile.

Elsewhere, Will writes that he pressed Jada on the decision to play Ozzfest.

"'Babe, are you sure you don't wanna do some R and B?' I asked [Jada] softly, but I meant it hard. '[Metal] is the music I feel,' Jada responded softly, but she meant it hard. So we packed up our children and headed down the black brick road to the land of Ozz. Ozzfest is a purist audience, and what began as skepticism and dismissal, with every show was transformed first into silence, and ultimately into respect. Jada's appearance at Ozzfest was so successful that Guns N' Roses asked her to open for them on their upcoming tour."

Of course, those were better days for the Smiths, weren't they?

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