Will Smith’s take on the Genie from Aladdin
is getting an overwhelmingly negative response online. After Disney dropped a teaser trailer for
the upcoming live-action adaptation of the animated classic during the Grammys, Smith’s
Genie was immediately mocked, especially on Twitter. From the horrified to the hilarious, here
are some of the best online reactions. Boo to the blue hue Let’s get the most obvious burn out of the
way: Countless Twitter users compared Smith’s Genie to David Cross’s Tobias wearing his
Blue Man Group makeup on Arrested Development, which, y’know, fair enough… “I feel like a f—ing idiot.” Others compared Smith’s Genie to the blue
dudes in James Cameron’s Avatar, while YouTuber Caillou Pettis noted the Genie’s freakish
CGI girth, quipping, “This looks like a blue version of Shrek.” The seemingly endless list of blue pop culture
references on Twitter also included comparisons to the Smurfs, naturally, as well as the fate
of Paul Giamatti’s character in Big Fat Liar. “Oh my God!” The Not-So-Fresh Prince of Bel-Air A number of tweets about Smith’s take on the
Genie came at the expense of another ’90s icon: Smith’s character on The Fresh Prince
of Bel-Air. While riffing on the actor’s iconic rap from
the sitcom’s opening credits sequence, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee writer Mike Drucker
tweeted, “In ancient Arabia, bottled and raised, at
the cave of wonders spending most of my days, chillin’ out maxin’ relaxin’ all cool, grantin’
wishes to street rats outside the school.” Another like-minded lyricist wrote, “Now I’d like to take a minute just sit down
champ I’ll tell you how I became the genie of this here gold lamp.” Nicely done, but we’d like to see more Six
Degrees of Separation memes, ourselves. “Everyone’s in a constant state of luxurious
despair and constant discovery and paralysis.” Just us? The stuff of nightmares While the jokes kept coming, the reveal of
Will Smith’s Genie appeared to be the stuff of actual nightmares for plenty of other Twitter
users. YouTuber Jenny Nicholson tweeted, “Will Smith genie is what appears in my room
when I have sleep paralysis.” While writer and activist John Paul Brammer
wrote, “The bar I’m in had the most VISCERAL reaction
of horror to Will Smith in the Aladdin trailer I’m screaming.” Meanwhile, Kyle Buchanan of the New York Times
devoted an entire Twitter thread to his horrified response, even going so far as to jokingly
compare the live-action CGI Genie to the unseen monsters in Netflix’s Bird Box. (laughs) Okay, that got me. “They premiered this image at night??? We are supposed to sleep after this??? I have never known peace. Honestly the Will Smith genie feels like a
spoiler for BIRD BOX because I finally understand what image would make them so fascinated but
also want to kill themselves.” Blue too soon If some of this criticism against Will Smith’s
Genie sounds familiar, it’s because Twitter previously lost its collective mind over the
character’s first appearance in December 2018. When Entertainment Weekly released the first
official photos from Aladdin, the Genie just looked like Smith dressed up in a genie costume,
which led underwhelmed social media users to gripe about the actor’s hairdo and wonder
why on Earth his genie wasn’t blue, like in the beloved original. Smith quickly responded to these concerns
on Instagram, writing, “Yes, I’m gonna be BLUE! This is how the Genie is in Human / Disguise
Form. My character will be CGI most of the movie.” Blissfully unaware of the second round of
backlash he was about to endure, he wrote, alongside the second teaser trailer, “I told y’all I was gon’ be Blue!! Y’all need to trust me more often!” Collider TV critic Allison Keene summed up
the double dose of backlash that ensued like this: “Remember when the EW images came out for
Aladdin and everyone was like oh why isn’t Will Smith blue as the genie?!? And now we have THIS. Be careful what you wish for.” Wishing it away? Some Disney fans might want to trade in their
three wishes to unsee the Will Smith genie, but there are others who’d wish for Aladdin’s
live-action treatment to become a hit. The aptly-named radio host Jasmine Sadry,
for example, tweeted, “I mean I personally think the new #Aladdin
trailer was amazing. That’s just ME personally though.” However, her tweet gained thousands of likes,
signaling that she’s not alone in her opinion. Additionally, in stark contrast to what went
down for the most part on Twitter, the comments section of Smith’s Instagram post sharing
the February 2019 teaser trailer was quickly flooded with messages of support. Elsewhere on Twitter, some fans simply appeared
fed up with the online complaints, and others chose to remain cautiously optimistic about
the upcoming Disney flick. Interestingly, a smaller group online felt
Smith’s Genie was actually the highlight of the trailer. As one Twitter user put it, “HONESTLY I think Will Smith as the Genie
is an awesome idea and the rest of the movie is what looks bland/uninspired.” One level-headed tweeter, meanwhile, served
up a dose of reality, writing, “Hot take: Genie already looked weird in the
original Aladdin. Because he’s a genie.” Hard to argue with that. While some Disney fanatics are holding out
hope, it looks as though this version of Aladdin may be destined to add more to meme culture
than the awards show circuit. Ahead of its release on May 24, 2019, we’re
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