the slap that Will Smith gave to Chris Rock in the Oscar awards It provoked intense opinions on the internet, especially from comedians who felt it was an attack on their art.
“Let me tell you something, it is very bad practice to walk on stage and physically attack a comedian.”wrote comedian Kathy Griffin on Twitter. “Now we all have to worry about who wants to be the next Will Smith in comedy clubs and theaters”.
The violent exchange began when Rock made a joke about his shaved head. Jada Pinkett Smith Saying, “Jada, I love you. ‘GI Jane 2′, I can’t wait to see it”. Rock’s reference was to the 1997 film “GI Jane,” starring Demi Moore, who shaved her head to play an aspiring member of the United States Navy Special Operations Force (known in English as Navy Seal). ).
Will Smith, Pinkett Smith’s husband, walked on stage and gave him a hard slap Rock, heard at the theater. Smith returned to her seat and yelled at Rock to leave Pinkett Smith alone. Rock replied that he was making a “GI Jane” joke and Smith yelled again.
“Get my wife’s name out of your (expletive) mouth!”Smith yelled. And the crowd began to whisper when it became clear that this was not a stage act. Smith later won the Oscar for best actor; Rock chose at this time not to file a police report.
Will Smith owes Chris Rock a huge apology. There are no excuses for what he did. He’s lucky Chris doesn’t press assault charges.”commented the producer, director and actor Rob Reiner On twitter.
George Takei he said that Smith losing his temper was a bad image when so many people saw it: “A lot of people, especially children, look up to actors. That is why we have an obligation to try to be good role models. With fame comes responsibility..
Pinkett Smith revealed in 2018 that she was diagnosed with alopecia (abnormal hair loss). On Instagram and other social networks, she has spoken on several occasions about her difficulties with losing her hair.
Some commented that alopecia is a painful experience that many black women go through and should not be the subject of jokes. Rock himself helped create the documentary “Good Hair” (2009) that explored African-American women’s relationship with hair.
Nicki Minaj put himself in Pinkett Smith’s shoes. “I can imagine how it must feel to lose your hair to the point where you have to shave it off. Do you think that is easy for anyone? Don’t you think she has cried about it many times?”he wrote on Twitter.
Many in the audience reached out to comfort Smith, including Daniel Kaluuya, Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban. In the hours after the hashtag #ProtectBlackWomen (Protect Black Women) was trending.
However, as bad as Rock’s joke was, it paled in comparison to other award show jokes in the past including the acid ones. Ricky Gervaiswho has had as the target of his ridicule Leonardo DicaprioJudi Dench and Felicity Huffmann.
Judd Apatow heavily criticized Smith in a now-deleted tweet, describing the attack as “rage and violence out of control”. He added that celebrities have been the butt of jokes for decades: “You’ve heard a million jokes about them in the last three decades. They are not new to the world of Hollywood and comedy. He got out of control.”.
Richard Marx He said that no bad joke justified that answer: “I think that millions of people cannot understand that no matter the level of fame or awards, no one is allowed to commit physical aggression for a verbal joke”.
Mark Hamill I qualify the incident as the ugliest moment in the history of the Oscars: “Stand-up comedians are very used to handling angry viewers. Violent physical assaults… not so much”.
Janai NelsonPresident and CEO of the Legal Defense Fund of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) wrote on Twitter: “I know we are all still processing it, but the way casual violence was normalized tonight by a national audience collective will have consequences that we have not yet understood at this point.”
Others, like comedian and former late-night host Conan O’Brienwere among those who tried to lighten the situation. “I just saw the Will Smith slap. Does anyone have a late night show that I can borrow just for tomorrow?”he tweeted.
On Monday night, a day after the Oscars ceremony, Will Smith He apologized to the comedian for slapping him in the middle of the broadcast. The actor accepted that the violent altercation was “unacceptable and inexcusable.”
“I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong. I am ashamed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness.”, he wrote on his Instagram account. In addition, she maintained that violence, “in all its forms, is poisonous and destructive.”
“Pranks at my expense are part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s medical condition was too much for me and I reacted emotionally… I deeply regret that my behavior has tarnished what has been a wonderful journey for all of us.”add the text.