Will Smith’s Oscars gaffe was predictably expected to have far-reaching impacts on social media and the entertainment business. While there have been numerous arguments, discussions, and back and forth to determine who was right and wrong, the incident has also spawned multiple jokes and memes at the actor’s expense.
Jimmy Kimmel, the American talk show presenter, recently made a joke along these lines at Georgia Republican Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene. The latter then claimed on Twitter that she had reported him to the police, only for Kimmel to return with a retort that appeared to ridicule the congresswoman playfully.
‘Officer? I Would Like To Report A Joke’
Greene stated on Twitter on Wednesday that she contacted Capitol Police to submit a report after seeing a clip from “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”
In the footage, Kimmel talked about a past comment from Greene that allegedly labeled three Republican senators who supported Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Supreme Court nominee as “pro-pedophiles.” He then made a sly comment highlighting Smith’s Oscar’s slap of Chris Rock, “Where is Will Smith when you really need him?”
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) April 6, 2022
Evidently, Green found issues with Kimmel’s slap joke, tweeting she had taken some actions to seek reparations.
“@ABC, this threat of violence against me by @jimmykimmel has been filed with the @CapitolPolice,” Greene tweeted.
On the flip side, Kimmel took a lighthearted approach to the politician’s comment, retorting with a piece that poked at the necessity of such a police report.
“Officer? I would like to report a joke,” Kimmel replied.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene Called Will Smith An Alpha Male For Oscar Slap Incident
On Twitter, Greene had earlier lauded Smith as an “Alpha man” for slapping Rock. She implied that the encounter was vastly superior to a simple Twitter feud in which individuals exchange scathing remarks they would not dare to make in person.
“I never watch the Oscars, but I’ve seen the Will Smith/Chris Rock clip a million times this morning,” Greene tweeted. “I have to say I appreciate the Alpha male response of a husband defending his wife.
“It was settled, and then no more drama,” she added. “Chris Rock handled it like a man with no whining.”
Smith resigned from the Academy after publicly apologizing for his aggressive behavior during the award ceremony. On the other hand, Rock is now on his “Ego Death World Tour” and has yet to make any public statements about the event.
Greene Had More To Say About Jimmy Kimmel’s Response
The U.S. Rep replied Kimmel in a follow up tweet saying that the famed talk show host was not joking and that he hides “Misogyny” and “Racism” behind his jokes.
She continued that the joke was a “dog whistle to the violent left” to assault her.
According to Rep. Marjorie, the talk show hosts Will Smith Slap joke is already “inspiring fantasies of violence” against her from viewers and followers of the talk show or anyone who heard the joke.
Greene asked, “How many new death threats will i get that are your fans?”
While the Rep. Marjorie might be reading a little too much into the joke, Kimmel has been accused of racism in the past for certain jokes made at the expense of POC celebrities. Recently, Jimmy Kimmel got called out by BTS fans for a Covid-19 joke he made about the asian boy band.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene Believes Judge Jackson Is Not Stiff On Pedophiles
Kimmel’s joke about Smith turning his rage on Greene rather than Rock spawned from the congresswoman’s criticism of numerous legislators who backed Jackson to land a supreme court seat. Greene has openly slammed the prospective supreme judge for encouraging pedophilia, saying she had a history of being overly lenient in sentencing child porn cases.
The congresswoman is not the only legislator who shares this same sentiment as several other Republicans complained about Jackson in the same light during her Senate confirmation hearings. However, fact checks done by some news outlets have found the claims to hold no water.
Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson has officially been confirmed to the supreme court of the United States. She is the first black woman in U.S. history to hold such a position.