Shortly after smacking Rock and shouting expletives at him, Smith was comforted by Bradley Cooper, Tyler Perry, and Denzel Washington.
As the shocking video of Will Smith slapping Chris Rock continues to make rounds on the internet, many celebrities have weighed in on the incident, including Jim Carrey. The Liar Liar star did not hesitate to slam Smith before condemning the “spineless” audience of A-listers for applauding the 53-year-old and giving him a standing ovation despite the assault.
“I was sickened. I was sickened by the standing ovation,” the Bruce Almighty actor told Gayle King during a CBS Mornings interview. Shortly after smacking Rock and shouting expletives at him, Smith was comforted by Bradley Cooper, Tyler Perry, and Denzel Washington according to ET Online. “Hollywood is just spineless en masse and it really felt like this is a really clear indication that we aren’t the cool club anymore,” noted Carrey.
While Rock didn’t wish to press any charges for the assault against him, Carrey said, “I’d have announced this morning that I was suing Will for $200 million because that video is going to be there forever, it’s going to be ubiquitous. That insult is gonna last a very long time.” He went on to explain, “If you want to yell from the audience and show disapproval or say something on Twitter [, that’s OK, but] you do not have the right to walk up on stage and smack somebody in the face ‘cuz they said words.”
When King suggested that things “escalated” on Sunday night, the 60-year-old actor said, “It didn’t escalate, it came out of nowhere because Will has something going on inside him that’s frustrated.” While presenting an award at this year’s Oscars, Rock made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head, something she did to cope with her alopecia diagnosis.
After winning his first Oscar for his role in King Richard, Smith and his family headed to a Vanity Fair after-party and had the time of their lives. According to the Washington Post, The A-Listers “didn’t boo,” “didn’t turn their backs,” instead “held up their phones to capture and pay tribute to this, the guy they recognize, the Will Smith they can get behind.”
Even the New Yorker’s Michael Schulman retweeted Variety executive editor Ramin Setoodeh’s clip of Smith dancing, with the caption, “I’m at the Vanity Fair party watching Will Smith boogy to ‘Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It.’ Oscar in one hand, huge smile on his face. What is happening.” Of course, those condemning Smith do not have anything against him but simply disapprove of his violent reaction just like Carrey.
“I wish him the best, I really do … He’s done great things. But that was not a good moment. It cast a pall over everybody’s shining moment. It was such a selfish moment that cast a pall over the whole thing,” continued the Dumb and Dumber actor, who isn’t the only comedian who has spoken out about the incident. Patton Oswalt and Kathy Griffin suggested Smith’s violent reaction could create an open season for others who tell jokes that the audience doesn’t like.
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