It appears to be like like everybody in Hollywood has one thing to say about that Oscars slap.
Following the very eventful 94th Academy Awards, celebrities weighed in on the altercation between Will Smith and Chris Rock in interviews and on social media. A number of stood by the King Richard actor, whereas some condemned his act of violence and others defended Rock.
Comic Tiffany Haddish stated after the ceremony that she discovered the second Smith stood up for Jada Pinkett Smith extremely touching. “After I noticed a Black man rise up for his spouse, that meant a lot to me,” she advised Individuals on the Governors Ball.
In his joke, Rock made enjoyable of Pinkett Smith’s shaved coiffure (the results of her alopecia, which causes hair loss), evaluating her to G.I. Jane, the titular character of the 1997 movie who has a close-shaven buzz minimize. Instantly after, Smith walked up on the stage and slapped Rock. And as soon as he was again in his seat, he yelled at Rock from throughout the room, “Hold my spouse’s title out your fucking mouth.”
Haddish, who starred in 2017’s Ladies Journey with Pinkett Smith, stated, “As a lady, who has been unprotected, for somebody to say, ‘Hold my spouse’s title out your mouth, depart my spouse alone,’ that is what your husband is meant to do, proper? Defend you.”
She added, “And that meant the world to me. And possibly the world won’t like the way it went down, however for me, it was essentially the most stunning factor I’ve ever seen as a result of it made me imagine that there are nonetheless males on the market that love and care about their ladies, their wives.”
Rapper 50 Cent joked concerning the altercation on Twitter. Alongside a photograph of Smith slapping Rock, he wrote, “B!tch do not you ever play with me. LOL.”
Rapper Nicki Minaj additionally voiced her opinion in an extended string of tweets. “I like Chris Rock. I don’t suppose he would’ve made that joke had he recognized what Jada lately shared- however between him & the entire crew @ the #Oscars you imply to inform me not ONE of y’all heard this girl simply share this heartbreaking story? #ComeOnSon,” she wrote.
She then defended Smith’s response, saying that whereas individuals simply noticed the joke, he noticed his spouse’s “ache.” “Think about what it should really feel prefer to be shedding your hair to the purpose the place it’s a must to shave it bald. You suppose that’s simple to take care of for anybody? You don’t suppose she’s cried about that many occasions?” Minaj added. “2022 y’all gon must see these males about these jokes you made about their wives.”
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Former One Route member Liam Payne additionally, for some purpose, weighed in on the combat, and appeared to help Smith. “I imagine no matter he felt that he did, he had the correct to do,” the singer advised Good Morning Britain.
Payne additionally stated Smith’s emotional speech and apology over the incident was a “highly effective second,” the place “one of many world’s finest emoters” spoke “from the center.”
Smith and Pinkett Smith’s son, Jaden Smith, additionally seemingly reacted to the now-infamous slap. “And That is How We Do It,” he tweeted.
However Smith additionally acquired plenty of criticism for his aggressive response to Rock’s joke.
“Violence is not okay. Assault is rarely the reply,” One Tree Hill actress Sophia Bush tweeted, talking of Smith’s outburst. She additionally criticized Rock’s joke, which led to Smith’s anger. “Additionally? That is the 2nd time that Chris has made enjoyable of Jada on the #Oscars stage, & tonight he went after her alopecia. Punching down at somebody’s auto-immune illness is improper. Doing so on objective is merciless. They each want a breather,” she wrote.
Bush additionally spoke about Pinkett Smith’s alopecia and retweeted writer-comedian Akilah Hughes’s tweet, which learn, “Everyone who stays silent when their coworkers are verbally abused within the office have lots to say rn.” “I really feel this one in my bones,” Bush wrote.
In a since-deleted tweet, The King of Staten Island director Judd Apatow strongly reacted to the Oscars feud. “He may have killed him [Rock]. That is pure uncontrolled rage and violence,” he wrote of Smith.
“They’ve heard 1,000,000 jokes about them within the final three a long time. They don’t seem to be freshman on this planet of Hollywood and comedy. He misplaced his thoughts,” he added.
Mia Farrow sided with Apatow by posting a screenshot of his tweet. She additionally defended Rock, writing, “It was only a joke. Jokes are what Chris Rock does. All the time has been edgy. This was a light joke for him. And I like GI Jane.”
Farrow added, “What I noticed was one in all Hollywood’s strongest film stars,stalk onto a stage to strike a comic for an unlucky joke about his (beautiful) spouse’s shaved head. Anybody who’s happy with that has most likely by no means been hit by a strong man. As we advise our youngsters, ‘use your phrases.'”
Somebody Nice actor LaKeith Stanfield recalled the weird second whereas talking with Selection on the Self-importance Truthful Oscar social gathering. “It was loopy,” he stated. “I do not know, it was surreal.”
Ella Enchanted actress Minnie Driver additionally stated on the after-party that the second was “onerous to look at.”
“We have been all aware about one thing that was feelings operating actually excessive,” she stated, including that she hopes Smith and Rock “will make up later.”
Even NBA star Stephen Curry shared his ideas on the slap on Twitter, following the awards present. “Like everyone..I am nonetheless in shock about the entire thing- however in all of the pointless drama, at the very least we acquired the road of the night time from Denzel…’In your highest moments, watch out, that is when the satan comes for you!'” the athlete, who served as an govt producer for The Queen of Basketball, which gained the Oscar for Finest Documentary Quick Topic, wrote.
Actor and mannequin Jodie Turner-Smith did not select sides, however she wrote on Twitter late final night time, “And so far as *that incident* goes….. I’m nonetheless processing. I’ve second hand embarrassment for all concerned.”
Although Smith and Rock haven’t publicly spoken about the place they stand now, Diddy advised Web page Six that Smith and Rock have been in a position to reconcile. “That is not an issue. That is over. I can verify that,” he stated. “It is all love. They’re brothers.” He later tweeted, “Transfer on with LOVE.”
What we do know is that Rock refused to press fees in opposition to Smith (the Los Angeles Police Division confirmed to BAZAAR.com), and Smith merely advised Selection‘s Marc Malkin at Self-importance Truthful‘s Oscar after-party, “It is all love.”
After the ceremony, the Academy of Movement Image Arts and Sciences stated in an announcement posted on Twitter that it “doesn’t condone violence of any type.”
“Tonight we’re delighted to have fun our 94th Academy Awards winners, who deserve this second of recognition from their friends and film lovers around the globe,” it stated.
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