Actor Jim Carrey blew the Oscar audience Monday as he applauded Will Smith shortly after slapping Chris Rock over a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head. (Watch the video below.)
“I was sick of the standing ovation,” the “Sonic the Hedgehog 2” actor told CBS’s Gayle King. “I felt like Hollywood was just and massively spineless.”
Just minutes after the incident at Sunday night’s ceremony, guests stood up at the ceremony when Will Smith won Best Actor for “King Richard”. In sy acceptance speech, he apologized to academia and co-nominees for his behavior, rationalizing that “love will make you do crazy things.” He joked that he “should look like the crazy dad, just like they said about Richard Williams,” which he portrayed in “King Richard.” (Smith apologized to Rock on Monday.)
King pointed out on Monday that anyone other than Smith would probably have been accompanied or even arrested after the assault. Carrey said Smith “should have been,” but that Rock – who refused to file charges – simply did not want the trouble.
“I would have announced this morning that I was suing Will for $ 200 million,” Carrey said. “That video will be there forever. It’s going to be ubiquitous. You know, that insult is going to take a very long time. ”
“You do not have the right to … hit someone in the face because they said words,” Carrey continued, adding that it was “a selfish moment that threw the whole thing into disgrace.
At the ceremony Sunday, Will Smith stepped on stage and punched Rock in the face after the comedian made the joke about his wife, who opened up about her battle with alopecia, a condition that causes hair loss. Smith shouted at Rock, “Keep my wife’s name out of your fucking mouth.”
Carrey is not the only comedian to have spoken about the incident. Kathy Griffin and Patton Oswalt suggested that Smith’s performance could create open season on comics simply because they tell jokes that the audience does not like.
Look at Carrey’s remarks at the 3:10 point: