- Jim Carrey ripped Hollywood on Tuesday, calling it “spineless” for how it reacted to Will Smith slapping Chris Rock.
- Carrey added that he “was sickened” by the audience giving Will Smith a standing ovation after the attack.
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In an interview on Tuesday with Gayle King of CBS Morning, legendary actor and comedian Jim Carrey was asked for his thoughts on Will Smith going on stage and smacking Chris Rock in the face at the Oscars.
“I was sickened. I was sickened by the standing ovation,” Carrey responded when asked what his reaction was to seeing the attack.
“I felt like Hollywood is just spineless en masse and it just really felt like this is a really clear indication that we’re not the cool club anymore.
When King brought up the argument that if a random person had walked up out of the audience and smacked Chris Rock they would have been arrested, Carrey jumped in, “He should have been.”
Jim Carrey thinks Will Smith should have been arrested for smacking Chris Rock
“[Chris Rock] didn’t want the hassle [of pressing charges],” Carrey continued. “I’d have announced this morning that I was suing Will for 200 million dollars because that video is going to be there forever, it’s going to be ubiquitous.
“That insult is gonna last a very long time. If you want to yell from the audience and disapprove or show disapproval or say something on Twitter or whatever, you do not have the right to just walk up on stage and smack somebody in the face because they said words.”
When King suggested that the situation somehow “escalated” to the level of Smith smacking Rock in the face, Carrey quickly shot back, “It didn’t escalate, it came out of nowhere because Will has something going on inside him that’s frustrated and I wish him the best, I really do.
“I don’t have anything against Will Smith. He’s done great things. But that was not a good moment. It cast a pall over everybody’s shining moment last night. A lot of people worked really hard to get to that place and have their moment in the sun, and to get their award for the really hard work they did. And it is no mean feat to go through all the stuff you have to go through when you’re nominated for an Oscar. It’s a gauntlet of devotion that you have to do and it was just a selfish moment that cast a pall over the whole thing.”