Following the Oscars debacle in which Will Smith smacked Chris Rock for making a joke about his wife, Maryland state Sen. William C. Smith Jr. awoke on Monday to a ringing phone because folks had mistaken him for the movie star.
According to William Smith Jr., his Twitter following started growing to more than 100 people in a matter of minutes, and he “got a few messages saying ‘you messed up.'”
“Actually it was a little more colorful than that,” he informed the Post. “You gotta laugh. I needed some levity.”
Will Smith, aka “King Richard,” made headlines after slapping comedian Chris Rock during the Oscars celebration in Los Angeles, Calif., for making jokes about his wife’s hair and the 1990s movie G.I Jane, informing the comedian after he hit him to “keep my wife’s name out of your f—— mouth.”
Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, suffers from alopecia, a condition which causes hair loss.
Smith issued an apology for the altercation on Monday, but the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said it was looking into his behavior.
Sen. William Smith of Maryland was on the other side of the country when the slap occurred, but that did not deter the misinterpretation from spreading.
Users unleashed a wide range of verbal accusations, including “u did Chris Rock dirty,” and “bro why’d you slap Chris Rock,” according to a tweet from William Smith’s colleague in the state House.