The Brief: The release of an image of Will Smith as the blue genie in Disney's live-action version of Aladdin has caused an uproar online.

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Will Smith‘s has big shoes to fill in his role as the blue genie in Disney’s Aladdin live-action reboot. Not only is he participating in a live-action version of a beloved cartoon film, but he is playing a character who was previously voiced by comedy legend Robin Williams.

Will Smith Genie Memes

An image of Smith in costume with blue skin has inspired numerous memes about his appearance and role in the film. Some memes have been dragging Will Smith’s genie for looking goofy, others mock the live-action adaptation of Aladdin more broadly. On Reddit, many of the jokes reference the unpopular YouTube Rewind video, which Smith starred in. Some critiques focus more on the overt and covert racism in the 1992 version of Aladdin, and the degree to which this will be carried into the remake.

Comparisons between the blue Will Smith and Tobias Fünke from Arrested Development are abundant: 

Da ba dee da ba daa from r/dankmemes

A Double Spiderman Meme:

Is The Genie Hot?

Similar to how some people declared that The Grinch is sexy, some people are debating whether the genie is hot or not.


Will Smith Genie from r/dankmemes

DESGUSTANG from r/dankmemes

We have gone too far from r/memes

This is an appropriate response. from r/funny

Disney, please stop with the live adaptions. from r/dankmemes