Actor Jim Carrey had a lot to say about the slap heard around the world at the 94th annual Academy Awards on Sunday night.
The world was shocked when Will Smith stormed the stage and slapped Chris Rock after Rock made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith and her hair loss – which is caused by an auto-immune disease called alopecia.
“The Truman Show” actor appeared on CBS Mornings, where he spoke with host Gayle King about the incident.
Jim Carrey Calls Hollywood ‘Spineless En Masse’ In New Interview
Responses to Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars have been divided — but Jenna Wortham (@jennydeluxe) says most people don’t have the full story of the incident.
“It’s something of a magnitude that I don’t think can be worked out on a public stage,” she says. pic.twitter.com/5qXIq30Y1F
— CBS Mornings (@CBSMornings) March 29, 2022
“The Mask” actor said that he was “sickened by the standing ovation” that the “King Richard” actor received for his first-ever Best Actor win, which occurred only minutes after the infamous slap.
“Hollywood is just spineless en masse and it really felt like this is a really clear indication that we aren’t the cool club anymore,” he said.
The “Dumb and Dumber” star also ventured that Smith should have been arrested for assault, but said that Chris Rock “didn’t want the hassle” when King pointed out that Chris Rock had decided not to press criminal charges against him.
“I’d have announced this morning that I was suing Will for 200 million dollars because that video is going to be there forever, it’s going to be ubiquitous,” Carrey continued. “That insult is gonna last a very long time. If you want to yell from the audience and show disapproval or say something on Twitter, you do not have the right to walk up on stage and smack somebody in the face ‘cuz they said words.”
When King offered that things “escalated,” Carrey interrupted her, saying, “It didn’t escalate. It came out of nowhere because Will has something going on inside him that’s frustrated.”
“I wish him the best, I really do. I don’t have anything against Will Smith. He’s done great things,” he continued. “But that was not a good moment. It cast a pall over everybody’s shining moment. A lot of people worked really hard to get to that place.”
“And to have their moment in the sun, to get their award for the really hard work they did, it is no mean feat to go through all the stuff you have to go through when you are nominated for an Oscar,” he added. “It’s a gauntlet of devotion you have to do. It was such a selfish moment that cast a pall over the whole thing.”
Fans Are Still Divided As To Who Is Really In The Wrong
Many are still hotly debating who was in the wrong: was it Will Smith for resorting to violence, or was it Chris Rock for making fun of someone’s auto-immune disease?
We may think @WillSmith is wrong but how about thinking of the stigma @ChrisRock was about placing on @Jeda,” one user wrote. “How about joking with words in this manner with a patient that is suffering from cancer. Let’s be guided words hurt mostly than physical assault.”
“They put themselves in an environment where they knew that comedians poke fun at the front runners,” another wrote. “Jada has been a provocative public figure in her own right. And everyone has wounds- her alopecia is visible but there are also wigs to deflect scrutiny if it’s so verboten.”
“This was a ridiculous interview,” another wrote. “The full story & bottom line are you don’t have the right to physically attack someone because you don’t like a joke. Jim Carrey said it perfectly. It was cowardly to treat Will like a victim, not put him out & cosign him w/ a standing ovation.”
“Jada saying ‘we just need to heal?’ Rock’s cheek is what needs to heal and Carrey was right,” another shared. “For Will’s uncontrolled & reckless action to a joke he was laughing at first, his career is ruined forever. The fact he knew he could get away with it, is what is wrong.”
“How can you say we weren’t inside that moment when it was live?” another asked. “It was an inappropriate joke. If Chris Rock knew about the medical condition, then it was malicious in nature. The response was childish. The fact that Will Smith was not escorted out of the building is in excusable.”