Days after the Oscars slap heard around the worldcelebrities are still sharing their thoughts and feelings about it, including show co-hosts Amy Schumer and Wanda Sykes.
In case you missed it – but you probably didn’t – during Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony, Chris Rock made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s bald head (which is due to medical condition called alopecia), prompting her husband Will Smith to go up on stage and slap the comedian in the face.
the “King Richard” star who later accepted an award for best actor for his role in the film, followed up with his disapproval of Rock’s words by telling him twice: “Keep my wife’s name out of your (expletive) mouth.”
The Academy said Wednesday that Smith was asked to leave the Oscars after slapping Rock on stage and yelling expletives, but the actor refused.
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Since the stunning moment, Rock has declined pressing charges, the Academy has launched a formal review of the incidentWill Smith has apologized for his “unacceptable” behavior and Jada Pinkett Smith has shared she is focusing on “healing.”
Rock addressed the situation for the first time during a comedy show Wednesday in Boston, calling it “the weird thing” and refusing to talk about it in detail saying, “If you came to hear that, I’m not … I had like a whole show I wrote before this weekend.”
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Still, the reaction to the incident has been loud and widespread, with stars expressing both support and disappointment.
Here’s the latest of what they are saying:
Oscars co-host Wanda Sykes felt ‘physically ill’
Sykes told Ellen DeGeneres in an interview to air April 7 that she missed the confrontation live as she walked between her trailer and the theater after a costume change.
“Then someone showed me on the video,” Sykes said, “and I just felt so awful for my friend, Chris. It was sickening. I physically felt ill, and I’m still a little traumatized by it.”
Sykes, in a video released of her interview by “The Ellen Show,” said letting Smith stay and accept his award should not have happened.
“I was like, how gross is this? This is the wrong message. You assault somebody and you get escorted out of the building and that’s it. But for them to let him continue, I thought it was gross. I wanted to be able to run out (on stage) after he won and say, ‘Uh, unfortunately, Will couldn’t be here tonight.’ “
Sykes said she caught up with Rock later at a party and he apologized to her.
“I’m like, ‘Why are you apologizing?’ And he was like, “It was supposed to be your night. You and Amy and Regina, you all were doing such a great job. I’m so sorry, this is now going to be about this.” ”
Raven-Symoné gives two responses: ‘I love a meme’ and she’s ‘proud of Will’
When the former Disney star was asked about her take, she gave two answers: “the non-politically correct” answer, and the other, a “politically correct” answer in which she showed Smith support.
After exclaiming “woo!” she laughed about the moment and said, “I mean, I love a meme, OK?”
However her “politically correct” response came with a bit of industry insight.
“I’m really proud of Will for apologizing and standing up for what he believes in and also telling his truth,” Symoné said. “In this industry a lot of the times we get the tail end of a long conversation and the tail end will end up in a ‘woo!’ moment or a word… and we take it out of context and we blow it up.”
The “Raven’s House” actress said he was “defending his woman” and that while there were “other times to do that,” she still thanked Smith for “making that award show very interesting.”
Oscars co-host Amy Schumer is still ‘traumatized’
Overnight Tuesday, Oscars co-host Amy Schumer took to Instagram to say she was “still triggered and traumatized” by the incident.
“I love my friend @chrisrock and believe he handled it like a pro. Stayed up there and gave an Oscar to his friend @questlove and the whole thing was so disturbing,” the comedian wrote. “So much pain in @willsmith anyway I’m still in shock and stunned and sad.”
She added she was proud of herself and her co-hosts, Regina Hall and Wanda Sykes, but was still “waiting for this sickening feeling to go away from what we all witnessed.”
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Zoë Kravitz disapproves of ‘assaulting people on stage’
“Here’s a picture of my dress at the award show where we are apparently assaulting people on stage now,” she captioned a photo of the gown she wore on the red carpet.
In a second post, this time of her look at the Vanity Fair after-party, “The Batman” star reiterated her point. “And here is a picture of my dress at the party after the award show -where we are apparently screaming profanities and assaulting people on stage now.”
As Smith ended his best actor acceptance speech Sunday, while some celebs gave him a standing ovation, Kravitz remained seated and appeared to not clap.
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Jim Carrey calls Hollywood ‘spineless’
During an appearance on CBS Mornings Mondayactor Jim Carrey told Gayle King he was appalled by the incident, calling it “a selfish moment that cast a pall” over the hard work of other actors and creatives who were nominated. He also said the live audience’s reaction to Smith’s win speaks volumes of the current state of Hollywood.
“I was sickened by the standing ovation,” Carrey told King. “Hollywood is just spineless en masse, and it just really felt like this is a really clear indication that we’re not the cool club anymore.”
He added: “If you wanna yell from the audience and show disapproval or say something on Twitter, you do not have the right to walk up onstage and smack somebody in the face ’cause they said words.”
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Contributing: Elise Brisco, Pamela Avila, Charles Trepany, Jordan Mendoza, Patrick Ryan, Edward Segarra, USA TODAY; Associated Press
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