Trending Comedian jokes and comments aimed at Will and Jada
It’s been over a week-and-a-half since the infamous ‘slap heard around the world’ at the Oscars, and now one would think the incident would have died down.
I mean the day will come when Will Smith slapping comedian Chris Rock will become old news, but today is not that day.
It feels like almost every waking day, another layer is added to the story with the most recent developments being a short clip Jada Pinkett-Smith of laughing as her husband slapped Rock, Smith himself resigning from the Academy Awards and the litany of comedians who have since come out with barbs and jokes aimed at the 54-year-old actor and his wife.
The Smith’s intention was to stop people from talking about his wife and her Alopecia, then slapping one of the greats was not the way to go about it.
It has had the reverse effect and below is a collection of some of the top trending comments and brutal jokes and barbs that have been aimed at the Smith household in the aftermath of the infamous slap.
One of the most high-profile individuals to speak out, comedian DL Hughley’s comments were not so much an attack as there was a simple case of one funny man standing up for another funny man.
Truth be told, Hughley took a stance every comedian should take and chose to defend his fellow man rather than take shots at the aggressor.
The crust of his message is that Chris Rock deserves an apology, not just from Will Smith, but from everyone who didn’t take the time to see the incident from his perspective.
“[Will Smith] got to be celebrated,” Hughley said in the clip. “He got a standing ovation, he got to go to the after-parties and get jiggy with it, and then he got to go home and write an apology. I don’t begrudge him that. But I’ll tell you this, I don’t think the offense was worth a lifetime of this.
“Chris Rock has children that saw their father get slapped, he has relatives, he has a brother who saw that.
“And while you can be compassionate about what Will must have gone through, I can at least hold in my heart that the fact that Chris Rock was affected too.
“Something happened to him too.
“The Oscars that night, there were not pouring out love for Chris. There did everything but soak Will’s hands in some ice.
“It was clear that Chris Rock walked alone.
“Some people are calling what Chris did professional, and some are calling it cowardice (which I don’t agree with), but I wonder if he going through what most of us would have gone through in that position- did I do the right thing?, I should have done this, what just happened.
“I am sorry that I did give enough deference to that, and I am sorry I did not say I am sorry earlier,” he went on to say
“I support Chris Rock all Day,” said the comedian during one of his sets in the days after the incident.
“Chris Rock is a legend.
“But it sucks because I also liked Jada Pinkett-Smith.
“She was great in the Nutty Professor as a love interest, and she was also great in “The Great Lebowski” as the bowling ball
Tony Rock rant.
“Let’s set some ground rules before we get the show rolling,” said Chris Rock’s younger brother during his opening at the Comedy Show.
“If I say anything that anybody has $%# problem with, you have one option which you can do about it- absolutely nothing.
“If you think you are going to walk up to this stage….. this isn’t the Oscars.
“If you walk up here, you are not nominated for anything other than these hands……,” he said
The rest of the opening gets a little explicit vulgar during which the younger Rock siblings revealed that they are 10 Rocks brothers and none of them are thrilled about the incident.
Appearing on Gayle Kim’s interview for CBS Morning, the “Liar, Liar” star Jim Carrey expressed his disgust at how the whole incident transpired.
“I was sickened,” said Carrey.
“I was sickened by the standing ovation, and I felt like Hollywood is just spineless (en mass).
“It really felt like this is a clear indication that we are not the cool club anymore.
“(If it had happened to me), I would have woken up this morning suing Will Smith for US$200million because that video is going to be there forever.
“It going to be ubiquitous.
“You know, that insult is going to last a very long time.
“If you want to yell from the audience and disapprove or say something on Twitter or whatever, you can.
“You do not have the right to walk onto a stage and smack someone in the face because he said words,” he said.
However, the most important point that Carrey brought up was in reference to Will Smith’s state of mind.
“It didn’t escalate, it came out of nowhere,” said Carrey of Smith’s reaction to Chris Rock’s GI Jane joke.
“It came out of nowhere because Will (Smith) has something going on inside him that is frustrated and I wish him the best.
“I don’t have anything against Will Smith, he has done great things.
” But that was not a good moment, it cast a pall over everybody’s shining moment.
“A lot of people have worked really hard to get to that place, to have their moment in the sun and to get that 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, it’s a gauntlet of devotion that you have to do.
“It was just a selfish moment that cast a pall over the whole thing,” he said.
2022 Grammy Awards
It stands to reason that the Will Smith slap would take centre stage at this past weekend’s 2022 Grammy and below are snippets of some of the slap and Smith references at the music award ceremony.
“I want to warn you all that our next presenter is a comedian,” Burton said. “If you know what I mean. So I need to caution everybody: Remain in your seats and keep your hands to yourself. Alright?”- actor LeVar Burton.
“We’re going to be keeping people’s names out of our mouths,”- host Trevor Noah.
“I am going to present this award and I trust that you people will stay 500 feet away from me,”- musician and Oscar winner Questlove. Coincidentally, it was during Questlove’s Oscar win and category that the slap took place. Rock was presenting the Academy Award for Best Documentary
Not all comedians have taken Chris Rock’s side on the incident, and female comedian Tiffany Haddish of one the few that have opted to support Will Smith.
“When I saw a Black man stand up for his wife,” Haddish told People. “That meant so much to me.”
“As a woman, who has been unprotected, for someone to say, ‘Keep my wife’s name out your mouth, leave my wife alone,’ that’s what your husband is supposed to do, right? Protect you. And that meant the world to me. And maybe the world might not like how it went down, but for me, it was the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen because it made me believe that there are still men out there that love and care about their women, their wives.”