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Comedians react with horror at Will Smith's Oscar slap

Comedians react accompanied by horror at Will Smith's Oscar slap

NEW YORK (AP) — Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars provoked great opinions online, mainly from comedians who felt it was an assault on their art.

"Let me tell you something, it's a extremely bad practice to stroll up on phase with every one other accompanied by physically assault a comedian," Kathy Griffin wrote on Twitter. "Now we all have to fret concerning who wants to exist the following Will Smith inside comedy clubs with every one other accompanied by theaters.

The brutal exchange began when Rock took verbal aim at Jada Pinkett Smith's shaved head, saying, "Jada, I deep affection you. 'G.I. Jane 2,' can't remain to see it, all right?" Rock's allude to of was made from the 1997 film "G.I. Jane," starring Demi Moore, who shaved her head to portray a fictional Navy Seal candidate.

Will Smith, her husband, walked onto the phase with every one other accompanied by took a sway at Rock accompanied by an not shut palm, generating a loud smack. Smith walked spine to his seat with every one other accompanied by shouted for Rock to depart from Pinkett Smith alone. Rock replied that he was fair making a "G.I. Jane" funny tale — with every one other accompanied by Smith yelled spine at him a following time.

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Smith shouted at Rock to "keep my wife's name not here of your (expletive) mouth," with every one other accompanied by the crowd hushed while it became understandable this was no indeed act. Smith subsequent won the finest performer Oscar; Rock chose not to file a police report.

"Will Smith owes Chris Rock a enormous apology. There is no indeed forgive for what he did. He's fortunate Chris is not filing assault charges," producer, director with every one other accompanied by performer Rob Reiner commented on Twitter.

George Takei said Smith's losing his cool was a bad look when so numerous people were watching: "Many people, mainly kids, look up to actors. Because of that, we have an duty to try to exist good part models. With fame comes responsibility."

Pinkett Smith revealed inside 2018 that she was diagnosed accompanied by alopecia. She has regularly discussed the challenges of hair mislaying on Instagram with every one other accompanied by other communal media platforms.

Some commentators noted that alopecia is a sore experience that numerous Black women go into and not here of with every one other accompanied by should not exist joked about. Rock himself helped create the documentary "Good Hair," exploring African American women with every one other accompanied by their connection to their hair.

Nicki Minaj place herself inside Pinkett Smith's shoes. "Imagine what it must be in touch exist fond of to exist losing your hair to the point where you have to shave it bald. You believe that's uncomplicated to deal accompanied by for anyone? You don't believe she's cried concerning that numerous times?" she wrote on Twitter.

Many inside the auditorium came to console Smith, including Daniel Kaluuya, Nicole Kidman with every one other accompanied by Keith Urban. In the hours subsequent the hashtags #ProtectBlackWomen trended.

However unfunny Rock's funny tale was, it paled inside contrast to some awards show digs inside years past, including from acerbic Ricky Gervais, who has skewered the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Judi Dench with every one other accompanied by Felicity Huffman.

Judd Apatow was extremely critical of Smith inside a now-deleted Twitter post, describing the assault "out of jurisdiction rage with every one other accompanied by violence." He noted that celebrities have been the mark of jokes for decades: "They've heard a million jokes concerning them inside the last trio decades. They are not freshman inside the world of Hollywood with every one other accompanied by comedy. He lost his mind."

Richard Marx said no indeed poverty-stricken funny tale justified the response: "I roughly calculate millions of people can't comprehend that no indeed flat of fame or accolades gives license to commit cell over a verbal joke."

And Mark Hamill called the event the ugliest Oscar little while ever, tweeting "Stand-up comics are extremely adept at handling hecklers. Violent physical assault... not so much."

Janai Nelson, president with every one other accompanied by director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense with every one other accompanied by Educational Fund, wrote: "I know we're all still processing, nevertheless the way casual violence was normalized tonight by a collective national audience will have consequences that we can't flat fathom inside the moment."

But former late-night talk show host Conan O'Brien was among those making illumination of the situation, writing on Twitter: "Just saw the Will Smith slap. Anyone have a late darkness show I tin take while a loan fair for tomorrow?"

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Mark Kennedy is at http://twitter.com/KennedyTwits

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Comedians react accompanied by horror at Will Smith's Oscar slap

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