When Hollywood Meets Reality

Check out this French interview of Will Smith. He’s explaining why he’s happy to pay income taxes at a higher rate than less wealthy individuals. At 1:20 into the video, he’s told that President-elect Francois Hollande wants to raise the top marginal tax rate to 75 percent.

  1. EThompson

    Quelle surprise, Will! (Fiscal illiteracy strikes again…)

  2. Western Chauvinist

    I’ve always liked Will Smith. This did nothing to change that!

    Don’t you just love that there’s a Libertarien TV in France? I assume from the interviewers goading of Will with the 75% tax rate, libertarian means the same thing in France as it does here.

  3. Keith Preston

    Typical American elites…our Hollyweird types have to hear the truth from the foreign press…

  4. Mel Foil

    Or as a comment on HotAir puts it:

    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air meets the Fresh Prince of Bill Ayers.

  5. Ed G.
    Western Chauvinist: I’ve always liked Will Smith. This did nothing to change that!

    Don’t you just love that there’s a Libertarien TV in France? I assume from the interviewers goading of Will with the 75% tax rate, libertarian means the same thing in France as it does here. · 31 minutes ago

    I agree. I like him even more now that I know he understands conversational French (unless there was an interpreter I missed somewhere).

  6. doc molloy

    Good ol’ Will with his God Bless America quelle surprise act and he’s just one number short with the Spirit of 75! Go Will!

    I can envisage the cover of Mad magazine now “Republican- Who me?”

    God Save America..

  7. Colin B Lane

    God bless America, indeed. Yet 75% is no doubt where our redistributionist, Class Warrior in Chief would take Mr. Smith taxes if he could.

  8. Chris Campion

    In his earpiece.

    Ed G.

    Western Chauvinist: I’ve always liked Will Smith. This did nothing to change that!

    Don’t you just love that there’s a Libertarien TV in France? I assume from the interviewers goading of Will with the 75% tax rate, libertarian means the same thing in France as it does here. · 31 minutes ago

    I agree. I like him even more now that I know he understands conversational French (unless there was an interpreter I missed somewhere). · 1 hour ago

  9. Chris Campion

    Unsurprisingly, Will doesn’t even know his own tax rate.  We should ask Will if he’s so happy to give what he’s earned, through his own work and talent, to such niceties as cowboy poetry festivals, and low-interest loans and grants to financially untenable solar power manufacturers, and pay for Pelosi’s hair stylist, and, well, you get the idea. 

    The idea that multi-millionaires publicly state that they’re ok with paying higher taxes means they’re endorsing the spending path we’re on, which is not sustainable, even if Will’s income, and everyone like him, were taxed at 100%.  Secondly, Will is certainly paying someone to manage his money, and that someone is not doing all he can to make sure Will maximizes his tax liability annually.  Quite the opposite.  The country didn’t grant you freedom, Will – it is your inalienable right, not something meted out by politicians.  Try that on for size and see what you think.

  10. Stu In Tokyo

    Let me tell you the thought of buying that nice little house in Nice just went out the window for Mr. Smith.

  11. Chris O.

    Do you think Will has any idea what tax rates were pre-January of ’81? At any time?

    Perhaps this is a light bulb moment for Mr. Smith.

  12. Fake John Galt

    Give the rich that are saying to increase taxes on themselves some credit. At least they are willing to put their money where their mouth is and put some skin into the game. They recognize that there is a problem and are willing to help. It is easy to see how they can interpret our resistance to do the same as selfishness and not the principled position that we do not want to spend our scarce resources on approaches we are sure will not work.

    It is those that keep calling for tax increases on others that I have no respect for.

  13. DocJay

    The fresh prince of bel air meets the fresh prince of Bill Ayers.

  14. George Savage

    Delicious to see Will’s de rigueur bons mots give way to a genuine cri de coeur.   Quite the faux pas.  N’est-ce pas?

  15. David Carroll

    I guess new French President Hollande is determined to chase the best and the brightest out of France, turning it from a third-rate economic power to a fourth rate one.  Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

    France will still have the Eiffel tower and the Riviera, I guess. 

  16. Scarlet Pimpernel

    With the state income tax at over 10%. His tax rate will soon be over 50% on regular income, unless changes are made–current rates are scheduled to go up at the start of 2013, even before the additional Obamacare tax on the rich, and thee not so rich but rich enough to tax.

  17. Misha A.

    Excellent find.  This is going on my Facebook wall.

  18. EThompson
    George Savage: Delicious to see Will’sde rigueur bons mots give way to a genuinecri de coeur.   Quite thefaux pas.  N’est-ce pas? ·

    En termes simples, je pense il est ignorant du monde.

  19. CuriousJohn

    LOL

    Stu In Tokyo: Let me tell you the thought of buying that nice little house in Nice just went out the window for Mr. Smith. · May 14 at 7:00pm

  20. Brian McMenomy

    Mr. Smith couldn’t have stammered more if he’d stumbled into the role of King George in “The King’s Speech”.  Reality bites back…

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