Dave Chappelle Joins A Long List Of Celebrities Providing Their Opinion Of Will Smith Following Oscars Incident

Dave Chappelle Joins A Long List Of Celebrities Providing Their Opinion Of Will Smith Following Oscars Incident

Will Smith’s character continues to be questioned several months after the Oscar slap that overshadowed his Best Actor win. The “King Richard” star has laid low in the time since, while fans and critics continue to pick him apart in the media. Since the incident nearly ever celebrity you can name has provided their unsolicited opinion on Will Smith’s actions. The latest to discuss him is fellow comedian and Chris Rock’s friend Dave Chappelle.

It has been five months since Will Smith ran up on stage to lay the smackdown on Chris Rock after he made a poorly timed joke about Jada Pinkett-Smith’s bald head. Jada is suffering from alopecia, and her husband did not think the joke was funny. The world, unfortunately, did not think Will’s slap was funny either and took issue with how he chose to handle the situation. The Oscars banned him shortly after, and the world has turned their back on him in the months since.

Will stayed super quiet over the months and did not release a proper video statement till a few weeks ago. “I apologize to you (Chris), my behavior was unacceptable, and I’m here whenever you’re ready to talk,” he said in the clip. For many, the apology was too many months too late. Many criticized him for how heavily produced and contrived it was. “This apology is about as genuine as Jada’s wedding vows,” responded one fan. Another said, “The first 20 seconds of the video are amazing. Walking in a room, sitting in a chair, sighing. This man has studied the art of YouTube apologies, amazing.”

Not everyone was against Will, and some felt it is time to forgive him. Regina Hall is currently on a press run for the film “Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul,” and she talked about his Oscar incident. Hall was one of this year’s hosts and said that she felt Smith had a difficult road ahead and deserved some sympathy and possibly some forgiveness. “I think it’s a tough thing, and I know it’s a difficult road,” Hall told Variety around the time Will’s apology video dropped. “The first step is he apologized. How people see it, it’s up to them. I know that wasn’t easy.” Her other co-host Wanda Sykes had a different take on it all and has opened up about how terrified she was of Will following the attack and how hard it was for her to go back on stage.

Chris Rock’s stance on everything has shifted over the months. While he initially refused to speak on it and claims he was processing it all, Rock has now cracked several jokes while on tour. First in New York on tour with Kevin Hart, where he compared Will Smith to Suge Knight. He was then gifted a goat by his co-headliner that they named Will Smith as well. Rock has also downplayed the incident during sets, stressing that he went right back to work and does not take days off for a “papercut.” When asked if he’d host the Oscars again, Rock compared it to Nicole Brown Simpson returning to the restaurant where she was murdered, a joke many did not find funny. “So, are Wanda Sykes and Amy Schumer traumatized by Chris Rock’s Nicole Simpson jokes? Asking for a friend,” said a Twitter user.

Chris Rock is now on tour with Dave Chappelle, and the pair have exchanged some jokes about Smith during their shows overseas. Dave decided to speak more honestly about Will and his carefully crafted image over the years. “Will did an impression of a perfect person for 30 years, and he ripped his mask off and showed us he was as ugly as the rest of us. I hope he doesn’t put his mask back on again and lets his real face breathe…I see myself in both men.”

This is the freshest take on the whole fiasco that we’ve heard in months and helps position everything in such a new light. With many people now looking at Chris Rock sideways following his Nicole Simpson joke, giving Will Smith a more human lens helps bring new perspective to both men. Meanwhile, Chris Rock kept the jokes coming “The mr hit me over a BS joke. The nicest joke I ever told.” What do you think of the men’s comments?
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