Rayner says it would be ‘unacceptable’ if she ‘lighted PM’ after Will Smith’s slap in the face

The Labor vice-leader said it would be “completely unacceptable” if she “went over the shipping box and set Boris Johnson on fire” as she criticized actor Will Smith.

Mith has apologized for beating comedian Chris Rock at the Oscars after he joked about his wife Jada’s alopecia.

The 53-year-old called his behavior at the Oscars “unacceptable and inexcusable” and said he was embarrassed by his actions.


Will Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith attend the Vanity Fair Oscar Party at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills (Doug Peters/PA)

On Tuesday, Angela Rayner said he set a bad example for young people.

She told Sky News that “violence is never the answer,” adding: “I get passionate and upset, like we all do, but you know, when I went over the shipping box and I lit Boris Johnson, because I didn’t like what he said because he insulted me that was totally unacceptable and I think it was unacceptable that Will did that so I think it was right for him to apologize.

She added, “You lose the debate if you resort to violence.”

Earlier, Education Secretary Will Quince said children are taught in school that “violence is never the answer”.

He said: “It’s so disappointing because I’m a huge Will Smith fan and I think violence is never the answer.”

Mr Quince said students would be taught as part of the curriculum: “We know people can lose their temper, we know people can say hurtful things, but violence is never the answer.”

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He added: “It’s just so unfortunate to see such a high-profile personality reacting like that.”


Labor Deputy Leader Angela Rayner speaks during Prime Minister’s Questions (House of Commons/PA)

Mr Quince said he welcomed Smith’s apology, saying: “I hope he reconsiders his behavior because he is a great role model.”

Smith was condemned by the Academy when it launched a formal review of his altercation with Rock during the Academy Awards.

The 94th annual awards ceremony descended into chaos when Smith took the stage and met the comedian in front of a star-studded audience after Rock made a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith and her hair loss.

Rock compared Smith’s wife – who suffers from alopecia – to “GI Jane”.

In a statement posted to Instagram, the actor said: “I want to publicly apologize to you Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong.

“I’m embarrassed and my actions were no indication of the man I want to be. In a world of love and kindness there is no place for violence.”

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