It seems Mark Hamill is getting some pushback about comments he made about last night’s shocking Oscar event.
The “Star Wars” star, like most of the Internet, reacted to Will Smith appearing to strike Chris Rock at the 94th Annual Academy Awards after Rock made fun of Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, and her struggle with alopecia, an autoimmune disease that causes hair loss.
While fans hotly debated who was really in the wrong, other fans debated as to whether or not Mark Hamill was correct in calling this the ugliest Oscars moment ever.
Fans Have Mixed Reactions About Mark Hamill’s Response
— Mark Hamill (@MarkHamill) March 28, 2022
On Sunday night, Hamill tweeted, “Stand-up comics are very adept at handling hecklers. Violent physical assault… not so much. #UgliestOscarMoment_Ever”
However, fans were quick to disagree. “This tweet is not the vibe and its definitely Not the ugliest Oscar moment ever, it doesn’t even come close,” another user replied. “Cmon. What about stuff like this.”
They attached a link to a video in 1973 that showed Native American actor Sacheen Littlefeather being boo’d by Hollywood at the Oscars before being mocked by Clint Eastwood and almost physically assaulted by John Wayne simply for asking that Indigenous people not to be dehumanized in film.
1973: Native American actor Sacheen Littlefeather boo’d (and cheered) by Hollywood at the Oscars before being mocked by Clint Eastwood and almost physically assaulted by John Wayne simply for asking that Indigenous people not to be dehumanized in film.pic.twitter.com/BgOiuBq4hR
— Rafael Shimunov (@rafaelshimunov) October 11, 2021
Many other fans also referenced the incident, saying, “my brother in christ, are you for real right now???” They linked to a tweet that read, “Oscars was where a Native American woman was boo’d while asking for equality. Where Blackface and Yellowface was celebrated. Where Michael Moore was boo’d for trying to stop genocide in Iraq and child rapists were given awards. Can we not do this.”
“Love you Mark, but ugliest moment?” another asked. “I don’t think so.”
Fans Use Mark Hamill’s Twitter Thread To Share Their Own Comments
Oscars was where a Native American woman was boo’d while asking for equality. Where Blackface and Yellowface was celebrated. Where Michael Moore was boo’d for trying to stop genocide in Iraq and child rapists were given awards. Can we not do this. https://t.co/W9uoZOeH6R
— Rafael Shimunov (@rafaelshimunov) March 28, 2022
Many fans took his Twitter post as an opportunity to share their thoughts about who was in the right and who was in the wrong.
“Chris was violent with his words to Jada and Will responded accordingly, as a husband should,” one user wrote.
“Joke was in bad taste, but if people are allowed to assault each other over jokes, what happens next?” another asked.
“It’s scary how many people think that literal assault is a solid response to a joke,” another said. “I feel like I’m living in the twilight zone. Bald jokes are made about men suffering from hair loss ‘disease’ every single day and no one bats an eye.”
“Oh c’mon dude, I thought you were cool,” another commented. “The man took an emotional shot on a vulnerable person suffering a great deal over her medical condition. That wasn’t ‘violent assault’, it was a slap–and it was well deserved. His ego was hurt more than his face.”
“Comedians are kinda some of the most ironic people on this planet,” another wrote. “They pride themselves on treating nothing as sacred but, ‘It’s just a joke.’ Is always there defense. That’s the one thing they treat as sacred. Telling a ‘joke’.”
“rare mark hamil L. i don’t know how you can be expected to tolerate a very personal joke at your family member’s expense and personal health that’s made on a show broadcast in front of millions,” another wrote. “was the slap a bit much, maybe, but will had every right to be upset.”
Fans Think That Will Smith & Jada Pinkett Smith Should Have Just Gotten Up And Walked Out
“Will & Jada could have gotten up and walked out. It wouldn’t be the first time she’s used the Oscars ceremony to highlight real issues and everyone in the world would have stood by them AGAINST Chris Rock,” another offered. “The embarrassment to The Academy would mean CR would never present again.”
“I think the difference is, Will Smith had an immediate emotional reaction to something really unkind being said about his wife,” another noted. “It wasn’t thought through or planned. I’m sure he wishes he hadn’t done it, but it’s kind of understandable that he reacted.”
“If his first reaction is to violence, it’s definitely NOT understandable,” they replied. “No excuse for it. Like I said, had they walked out the whole world would be questioning that line of type of joke right now and he’d be a hero for it. Instead, he now has a history of violence.”