Actor Mark Hamill is walking back a previous comment he made about the fiasco at the Oscars on Sunday night.
At the 94th annual Academy Awards, Will Smith appeared to slap Chris Rock after Rock made fun of Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, and her struggle with alopecia, an autoimmune disease that causes hair loss.
At the time, Hamill called it “#UgliestOscarMoment_Ever.”
Mark Hamill Comments On Will Smith’s ‘Violent Physical Assault’ At Oscars
— Mark Hamill (@MarkHamill) March 28, 2022
On Sunday night, the “Star Wars” alum tweeted, “Stand-up comics are very adept at handling hecklers. Violent physical assault… not so much. #UgliestOscarMoment_Ever”
However, he got a lot of pushback from fans. “This tweet is not the vibe and its definitely Not the ugliest Oscar moment ever, it doesn’t even come close,” one 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.”
Mark Hamill Walks Back Oscar Comment: ‘Many Took Exception To The Hashtag’
— Mark Hamill (@MarkHamill) March 29, 2022
Mark Hamill responded to the backlash he received from fans on Tuesday afternoon with a picture of Batman slapping Robin across the face, much like what Will Smith did to Chris Rock on Sunday night.
“Many took exception to the hashtag,” Hamill tweeted. “Thought it was ugly… just not the ugliest.”
This time he followed it up with the hashtag #OscarLowlights.” However, many fans still had comments about the infamous Oscars slap.
“I am one of them,” one user replied. “It was awful, but it wasn’t the ugliest – Hattie McDaniel being segregated from her cast mates for one, not to mention John Wayne trying to attack a woman, or Adrien Brody forcibly kissing Hally Berry without consent, etc.”
Another user replied to a fan question about the incident, stating, “Hattie McDaniel only being allowed to the ceremony in a ‘whites only’ attend because her white director called in favors but not being allowed to sit with her white costars. And she wasn’t given a statue, they gave her a plaque.”
“Definitely not the ugliest moment,” another added. “But the difference is that this happened on live tv. I think that’s why it impacted folks a lot more in the beginning.”
Mark Hamill’s Followers Discuss The ‘Proverbial Slippery Slope’
“Honest question. Why is it OK to make fun of someone’s wife that has a medical condition, but when the husband stands up for her he is attacked?” one fan asked. “It started somewhere first, so who lit the fire?”
Many fans had an answer to the “proverbial slippery slope.”
“One attack was verbal one was physical,” one user replied. “That’s the difference & is well established in law. Will should’ve stood up for his wife verbally but assaulting someone over an offensive joke is crossing the line. Also, had he not hit Chris all the sympathy would have been on their side.”
“And it shows pretty well the problem of our society, how verbal violence is still trivialized,” another said. “A bad joke about a sick person, which can deeply hurt this person, is supposed to be more harmless than a slap, which briefly hurts a little and is then forgotten.”
“Exactly. Also where does it stop?” another asked. “Which violence is acceptable and which is not? What sort of insult? It’s the proverbial slippery slope…”