The Hollywood Reporter put Will Smith on the same list as Brad Pitt, who has been accused of abusing his wife and children.
The news source listed all the actors whose off-screen behaviour hurt their Oscar chances.
Casey Affleck, Letitia Wright, Roman Polanski, and Woody Allen were also mentioned.
Social media users say Smith’s name shouldn’t be listed with an “abuser.”
A Will Smith supporter said, “Comparing him and Letitia Wright to abusers is horrible.” “Hollywood Reporter, be ashamed.”
“Nothing Letitia Wright or Will Smith did deserves to be compared to a man who assaulted his wife and children, a paedophile, and a man who abused women in the profession,” said another tweet.
“Pitt, Polanski, and Weinstein are disgusting human beings,” it added.
“Adding Will Smith for a smack when Pitt and others are accused of domestic abuse was also a choice,” commented one user.
Will Smith slapped Chris Rock onstage at the 2022 Oscars for making a joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.
Angelina Jolie accused Brad Pitt of beating her and their kids on a 2016 flight.