Jim Carrey said the audience at the Oscars was “spineless” because it gave Will Smith a standing ovation for his Best Actor win just minutes after he slapped Chris Rock, and said he was “disgusted” by what he saw.
The actor said Smith should have been arrested after he stormed the stage and punched the comedian after he made a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith.
Smith has since described his behavior as “unacceptable and inexcusable” and said he was embarrassed by his actions.
Of his reaction to what happened at the ceremony, Carrey told CBS This Morning: “I was sick, I was sick from the standing ovation.
“I felt like Hollywood en masse is just spineless, and it really felt like that was a really clear indication that we’re not the cool club anymore.”
Carrey said Smith “should have been arrested,” and when host Gayle King pointed out that Rock declined to press charges, the actor said, “He didn’t want any trouble.
“I would have announced this morning that I’m suing Will for $200 million because that video is going to be there forever, it’s going to be everywhere. This insult will last for a very long time.
“If you want to yell out from the audience and show disapproval or disapproval or say something on Twitter, you don’t have the right to go on stage and slap someone in the face for saying words.”
When King suggested the incident had “escalated,” Carrey said, “It didn’t escalate, it came out of nowhere because of something frustrating going on inside Will.
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“I wish him the best, really. I have nothing against Will Smith, he did a great job. But that wasn’t a good moment.
“It cast a shadow over everyone’s bright moment last night. A lot of people worked really hard to get to this place. And to have their moment in the sun, to get their award for the really hard work they put in, it’s no easy task to go through all the things that go through when you’re nominated for an Oscar. It’s a gauntlet of surrender that you must do.
“It was such a selfish moment that overshadows the whole thing.”
Smith said in a statement that Rock’s joke about his wife’s health condition caused him to react “emotionally,” but “violence in all its forms is toxic and destructive.”
He concluded his apology by saying, “I’m a work in progress.”
The annual awards show descended into chaos when Smith took the stage and slapped Rock in front of the star-studded audience after the comic made a joke about his wife and her hair loss.
The 53-year-old Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air star was condemned by the academy as it launched a formal review of his altercation with Rock during the ceremony.
The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) said no report was filed after the incident.
Rock has not yet commented.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/movies/jim-carrey-sickened-by-spineless-oscar-audience-for-applauding-will-smith-41500385.html Jim Carrey was disgusted by the ‘spineless’ Oscar audience for applauding Will Smith