Actor Will Smith may never be able to live down what happened at the 94th annual Academy Awards last Sunday.
On Saturday night’s episode of “Saturday Night Live,” the cast addressed the Will Smith slap in its Weekend Update, one of the fan-favorite segments of the show.
‘Saturday Night Live’ Pulls No Punches When Discussing The Will Smith Oscar Slap
Colin Jost first began the sketch with a jab at Russian President Vladimir Putin, who invaded Ukraine over a month ago.
“Intelligence officials are saying that Vladimir Putin is being misinformed by his advisors about how badly the Russian military is performing in Ukraine,” Colin Jost began. “Which is kind of like Will Smith’s agent telling him, ‘You crushed it at the Oscars!’”
Jost added that he found Smith’s actions to be “disgraceful” because it sets “a terrible precedent for having to defend your wife at awards shows.”
Michael Che Mocks Will Smith’s Oscar Speech: ‘Love Will Make You Do Crazy Things’
Shortly after the slap occurred, Will Smith took the stage to claim his first-ever Best Actor Oscar for his role in “King Richard.” During his speech, he confessed, “Love will make you do crazy things.”
“You know what else makes you do crazy things? Crazy,” Che joked. “But I understand where Will’s coming from. I mean, you can’t expect him to sit there and watch another man jump all over his wife… without signing an NDA.”
Jost also explained that Smith resigned from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences on Friday before they could expel him. Although the idea of expulsion was floated, insiders in the industry said that it was more likely that Smith was going to receive a long suspension instead.
“He wasn’t going to [resign], but then Jada gave him that look,” Jost quipped.
If he had been expelled, he would have joined a “small group of people” that included Bill Cosby, Harvey Weinstein, and Roman Polanski. Or, as Jost referred to them, “Bad Boys for Life.”
‘SNL’ Pulls Kanye West Into The Oscar Slap Controversy
Che went on to talk about alopecia, the auto-immune disease that Jada Pinkett Smith has that causes hair loss. Last year, she shaved head and has been vocal about her condition on Instagram, although it seems to have escaped the notice of some in the industry.
“Can we stop pretending everybody knew Jada had alopecia?” he asked. “I mean, as much as we’ve heard about Jada and Will’s personal lives, you can’t expect us to retain everything. It’s like Kanye saying, ‘Don’t act like y’all don’t know I had psoriasis!’”
Che added that, as a comedian, he’s “tired” of people “putting their own insecurities” into his jokes. “I mean, I can’t make a joke about it being cold outside, without somebody yelling back, ‘Stop making fun of my small p—-! Keep my small p—- out your mouth!’” he quipped.
Colin Jost Addresses Will Smith Being Allowed To Stay At The Oscars
One of the most hotly debated subjects has been the decision to let the “Pursuit of Happiness” actor stay at the Oscar ceremony last week. Producer Will Packer said that Chris Rock said he didn’t want Will Smith to leave. However, shortly after, sources claimed that Rock had never been asked if he wanted Smith to stay. And so the mystery continues.
However, Jost seemed to take it on faith that Rock did say he wanted Smith to stay, joking, “So now we just ask the victim right after they get hit in the head? ‘Hey, you okay if the guy who just attacked you hangs around for a while? You don’t want to make him mad again,’” he said. “I can’t believe the Academy has a worse concussion protocol than the NFL.”
Jost then admitted that he “can’t even blame” the Academy for knowing what to do because “nobody knew what to do.”
“Even people at the Oscars were googling, ‘Did Will Smith just slap Chris Rock?’” he said. “I think we should just acknowledge that that was one of the craziest things we will ever see in our lives. It’s truly like the Super Bowl wardrobe malfunction, but if Janet [Jackson]’s n—— slapped [Justin] Timberlake.”
Kenan Thompson Weighs In On The Debate As O.J. Simpson
Later on in the episode, they welcomed Kenan Thompson on as O.J. Simpson to give his side of the take. When Che asked him which side he was on, Simpson replied, “Michael, you know me. I hate conflict. They both seem like good guys. But honestly, I didn’t even understand Chris Rock’s joke. I mean, what the h— is G.I. Jane?”
When Che told him it’s a ‘90s movies, Simpson said, “The ‘90s? Oh, I don’t remember nothing from the ‘90s.” He then said that Smith might have overreacted by slapping Rock, saying, “I mean, Will, I don’t want to say that you’ve got rage issues, but if the glove fits… I’m just saying.”
Simpson then added that “Chris isn’t exactly innocent,” adding, “Nobody likes to be made fun of. I mean, you might be too young to remember, but people used to make a lot of mean jokes about me.”
He said that people used to make fun of him for “all kinds of stuff,” explaining that the “point is, sometimes, jokes can go too far, especially when it’s about another man’s family, because like Will Smith said in his speech, love will make you do crazy things, allegedly.”
When Che brought up the discussion of taking away Smith’s new golden trophy, Simpson yelled, “You ain’t taking my trophies away!”