"It's just a kiss, it wouldn't kill you!" - Basil Fawlty to Manuel when he refused to work with, and let Kurt the Greek Chef kiss him.
Funny as a same-sex kiss can be in a sitcom or a film, and maybe even now in the Will Smith situation - I think the reporter trying to kiss Smith demonstrates just how weird the gay thing really is. I know some people will say I'm making a big deal out of nothing - but I think they would only be disagreeing with my statement pretty much for the same reasons Basil Fawlty tried to convince Manuel nothing is wrong with allowing Kurt to kiss him - out of self-interest. They can't imagine why a heterosexual would think it strange to have a man kiss him.
Obviously, Will Smith is not a homophobe - he just recently came out in support of gay marriage. The reporter who kissed him has a reputation for kissing all the celebrities he covers, thus it can be argued it wasn't even a gay demonstration on his part. Or was it? Knowing the Russian condemnation of all things gay, I wonder if the journalist had other, more political motives? Either way - Will Smith acted appropriately - err, normally.
It's just a kiss...
I hate kissing strangers - gratefully the social kiss has long turned to air-kissing - I hate that too. It's so phony. But I digress. My point is that men do not want to be kissed by other men. Most men are repulsed by such things. Will Smith's candid, spontaneous reaction demonstrates that. So, know your place boyz and respect the boundaries of social convention. If that's homophobic, then I'm homophobic too. In fact, I don't think homophobia is a disease at all - rather, I think it can be something of a healthy safeguard.
I had some friends who wanted to kiss me - and all of their guests - whenever anyone visited them; it happened when I arrived and when I left. First it was a tres continental embrace with a peck on each cheek, then it evolved to trying to kiss me on the lips. I was able to dodge it by continuing to talk or just by bowing my head. I hated it. It wasn't quite so weird for me to encounter, probably because my dad kissed everyone on the lips too. I know! Oh well, he was a drunk.
People need to learn manners and respect the personal space of others, and definitely, practice discretion.
Anyway - Kudos to Will Smith for acting like a man.