He did it.

It has since come to my attention that the story told in the post that inspired this post (formerly linked above, though I assume the original poster of that gifset has since deleted it) was a fallacy. I don’t know why the person who created that post made up the lie that Will Smith’s father abandoned him, but it fooled a lot of people, including me. Evidently, Will Smith’s father was very much present and very supportive in his life, and this scene was just a display of his acting skills. This diminishes neither the power of the scene, nor the extent of Will’s success, but I should have done some fact-checking research before making this post, and in the future, I will be sure to do so before making posts. I apologize for aiding in the spreading of this misinformation.