The Fresh Prince of Bel Air star Will Smith can be heard making offensive comments about AIDS victims and members of the LGBTQ community in unearthed footage.
The remarks come to light after son Jaden was praised for his own open and forward-thinking attitude to sexuality and gender.
In the footage, which dates back to the late 80s, Will Smith, 51, could be heard making vile slurs during a set with fellow musician DJ Jazzy Jeff.
Smith said: "All the filthy stinking nasty people be quiet. All the homeboys that got AIDS be quiet. All the girls out there that don't like guys be quiet."
The track appears on the hip hop duo's album He's The DJ….I'm the Rapper, which was released in 1988.
Jeff Ingold, Head of Media Engagement at the gay rights organisation Stonewall has spoken out against the remarks in a statement to Daily Star Online.
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He said: "While these comments are historic, we know homophobic, biphobic and transphobic attitudes and language, along with stigma facing people living with HIV, are still very real issues in today's society.
"Language is really important and we know the damage it can cause to LGBT people. We hope in the time that's passed Will Smith has learned from this. Our work continues until all lesbian, gay, bi and trans people are accepted without exception."
LGBTQ rights activist Peter Tatchell has similarly blasted the comments, though he pointed out that The Fresh Prince's youth could be partially to blame for the historic slurs.
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Peter added: "It would be good if Will said sorry and affirmed his support for people with HIV and LGBT+ people. So far, his public support for these minorities has been weak and sparse."
Daily Star Online has contacted Will Smith's representatives for comment.
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Smith's son Jaden has made headlines in the past for his own openness to sexuality, publicly declaring he was dating rapper Tyler, The Creator.
During a performance at Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival in California in November 2018, the 21-year-old labelled Tyler, whose real name is Tyler Gregory Okonma, his "boyfriend".
He said: "I wanna tell you guys something — I wanna tell you. Tyler doesn't wanna say, but Tyler's my motherf****** boyfriend! And he's been my motherf****** boyfriend my whole f****** life!
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"Tyler, The Creator is my f****** boyfriend! It's true!"
Jaden has also spoken out against gender norms, wearing skirts in public in a bid to defy stereotypes.
In a 2018 interview with Nylon, he explained: "I'm going to take most of the blows for my fellow MSFTS [his brand]. So you know, in five years when a kid goes to school wearing a skirt, he won't get beat up and kids won't get mad at him. It just doesn't matter.
"I'm taking the brunt of it so that later on, my kids and the next generations of kids will all think that certain things are normal that weren't expected before my time."
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