COLCHESTER’S MP says he is disappointed in actor Will Smith after he caused a storm after slapping a comedian at the Oscars.

Smith, who won his first Academy Award for King Richard, appeared to take offence to a gag Chris Rock made about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s short haircut.

The Magic Mike XXL star and Red Table Talk host has previously spoken about her experiences with hair loss and said it is what prompted her to shave her head.


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Will Quince said “violence is never, ever the answer” after the actor apologised for his on-stage attack.

Mr Quince told Sky News: “It’s so disappointing because I’m a huge fan of Will Smith and I think violence is never, ever the answer.”

The Education Minister suggested Smith had set a bad example to youngsters, of whom he is a role model.

Mr Quince said pupils were taught as part of the curriculum: “We know people can lose their tempers, we know that people can say hurtful things, but violence is never ever the answer”.

He added: “It’s just so unfortunate to see such a high-profile figure reacting that way.”

The MP said he welcomed Smith’s apology and added: “I hope he reflects on his behaviour because he is a big role model.”