Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars provoked strong reactions online, especially from comedians who thought it was an attack on their art.
NEW YORK – Will Smith’s slapping of Chris Rock at the Oscars has provoked strong reactions online, especially from comedians who thought it was an attack on their art.
Kathy Griffin wrote on Twitter, “I want to tell you something, it’s a bad habit to physically assault a comedian on stage.” “Now we all have to think about who will be the next Will Smith in the comedy club and theater.”
The violent exchange begins when rock Jada verbally aims at Pinkett Smith’s shaved head, saying, “Jada, I love you. ‘Gi Jane 2,’ can’t wait to see it, okay? The rock reference was made from the 1997 film “GI Jane”, starring Demi Moore, who shaved her head to portray a fictional Navy SEAL candidate.
Will Smith, her husband, walked onto the stage and rocked the rock with an open palate, making a loud smack. Smith returned to his seat and shouted for Rock to leave Pinkett Smith alone. Rock replied that he was only joking about a “GI Jane” – and Smith yelled at him a second time.
Smith yelled at Rock, “Keep my wife’s name out of your (experienced) mouth,” and the crowd fell silent as it became clear that this was no business. Smith later won the Best Actor Oscar; Rock chose not to file a police report.
“Will Smith owe a huge apology to Chris Rock. There is no excuse for what he did. He’s not complaining about the lucky Chris attack, “producer, director and actor Rob Rainer commented on Twitter.
George Tech said Smith had a bad look at losing his cool when a lot of people were watching: “A lot of people, especially kids, look at actors. For that reason, we have an obligation to try to be good role models. Responsibility comes with celebrities.
Pinkett Smith revealed in 2018 that she has been diagnosed with alopecia. She has often discussed the challenge of hair loss on Instagram and other social media platforms.
Some commentators have noted that alopecia is a painful experience that many black women go through and should not be joked about. Rock himself helped create the documentary “Good Hair”, exploring African American women and their relationship with their hair.
Although there was unusual rock humor, it has faded over the years compared to some award show digs, including the likes of the asbestos Ricky Gervais, who likes Leonardo DiCaprio, Judy Dench and Felicity Huffman.
Judd Apatow was highly critical of Smith in a now-deleted Twitter post, describing the attack as “out of controlled anger and violence.” He noted that celebrities have been the target of jokes for decades: “They’ve heard a million jokes about them in the last three decades. They’re not new to the world of Hollywood and comedy. He’s lost his mind.”
And Mark Hamill called the incident the most ugly Oscar moment of all time, tweeting “Stand-up comics are very good at managing hacklers. Violent physical assaults … are nothing like that. “
Janai Nelson, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, writes: Realize even in a moment. “
Conan O’Brien, a former late-night talk show host, was one of the highlights of the situation, writing on Twitter: “I just saw Will Smith being slapped. Does anyone have a late night show that I can borrow for tomorrow? “
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