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.
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:
I don't know what everyone is complaining about, I think the genie looks great in the new aladdin trailer pic.twitter.com/RGjIAs1szV
— PJ (@kickthepj) February 11, 2019
Into the Genie-Verse pic.twitter.com/dBNOlik93V
— The Pixel Factor (@ThePixelFactor) February 11, 2019
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.
bradley cooper's white tuxedo sent me a fax saying genie will smith is hot. i dont even have a fax machine
— hunter harris (@hunteryharris) February 11, 2019
I LOVE MY CURVY BLUE WILL SMITH pic.twitter.com/EK19WZuZ2l
— Hampton Yount (@Hamptonyount) February 11, 2019
Some people are losing it over Will Smith as the genie being blue now!!!
— Timmy Caunce 🏳️🌈 (@timmycaunce) February 11, 2019
If this Will Smith Aladdin reboot is a success we’re gonna get a live action Shrek with a big green The Rock
— Mike Tunison (@xmasape) February 11, 2019