Zoe Kravitz — who appeared opposite Will Smith in 2013’s “After Earth” — took to Instagram to comment on the Chris Rock altercation on Tuesday afternoon.
Sharing two photos of her looks on both the Oscars red carpet and the red carpet for the Vanity Fair after-party, she made her disappointment with the situation pretty clear. “here’s a picture of my dress at the show where we are apparently assaulting people on stage now,” she captioned one.
“and here is a picture of my dress at the party after the award show — where we are apparently screaming profanities and assaulting people on stage now,” she added in the other.
In the comments, she was asked, “You don’t support him defending his wife?” Her response: Nope.”
Jim Carrey also expressed his outrage over the incident during an appearance on CBS Good Morning on Tuesday.
“I’d have announced this morning that I was suing Will for $200 million, because that video’s gonna be there forever. It’s gonna be ubiquitous. That insult is gonna last a very long time,” he said, before pointing to the reaction from the audience to Will’s Best Actor win.
“I was sickened. I was sickened by the standing ovation,” he added. “I felt like Hollywood is just spineless en masse. And it really felt like this is a really clear indication that we’re not the cool club anymore.”
Ron Howard also spoke to Deadline about it, saying he’s “Very friendly” with both parties involved.
“I was shocked. I wouldn’t have expected this kind of behavior,” he said. “I’m not on the Academy board and I can’t speak for their process but I do know them and they will be very, very thoughtful. I will be curious to see what sort of decisions they make.”
Thomas Haden Church was even more outspoken with his reaction, saying he thinks “Will Smith should be banned from the Oscars for the rest of his life.” Church, who is an Oscar nominee himself for his work in “Sideways,” added, “I think he should have his Academy membership stripped, but I don’t think he should have the Oscar taken from him.”
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The Slap, as it will forever be known, didn’t just send Chris Rock’s face from one side of the screen to the other — it also appears to have sent Hollywood to opposite sides of the argument.
Was Will Smith’s reaction to the comedian’s joke about his wife Jada Pinkett-Smith a shining example of chivalry, or a regrettable instance of toxic masculinity?
A poll of their peers can’t seem to decide.
Tiffany Haddish for one described the moment as “beautiful.”
“When I saw a Black man stand up for his wife. That meant so much to me,” the actress, who was front and center at Sunday’s ceremony, told People.
“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,” she added. “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.”
Haddish claimed Rock is a friend of the couple, but had not run the joke by them.
“If she wouldn’t have been hurt, [Will] probably wouldn’t have said nothing,” she said. “But you could see he was clearly… And they exploited it. They exploited her, so ‘I have to do something’… He protected his wife. To me, I went up to her and said, ‘You better s–k his d–k from the back, girl!’ You better put that in your magazine! That’s what I told her.”
Nicki Minaj agreed, and at length.
Liam Payne meanwhile told Good Morning Britain that while there were “three losers in that fight”, there was beauty to be taken from the moment:
While Smith had his defenders, he appeared to have far more critics.
Judd Apatow had one of the strongest reactions against — before deleting all of his tweets.
Before advising Amy Schumer not to go to the Vanity Fair afterparty because “Will wants to talk to you about the monologue”, he then advised Rock to “take him for all his King Richard, I mean, Hitch money.”
“He could have killed him,” he replied to one commenter defending Smith. “That’s pure out of control rage and violence. They’ve heard a million jokes about them in the last three decades. They are not freshman in the world of Hollywood and comedy. He lost his mind.”
“Seems like Will Smith’s plan to get comedians and the world to not make jokes about him is not going to pan out. The Williams family must be furious. Pure narcissism. Also — GI Jane was gorgeous, What exactly is insulting about being compared to a ripped, stunning Demi?”
“I have more hair on my back than on my head and I can take a joke about it,” he added in another reply.
Kathy Griffin meanwhile made the point that Smith may have set a dangerous precedent:
Mandy Moore was another who was not impressed, re-sharing some damning takes on her Instagram stories:
“Violence is never ‘proof of love’. That’s a deadly idea that has fueled and excused domestic (and all) violence for far too long. Think hard about that take, please,” was one opinion Moore agreed with.
“‘Love will make you do some crazy things’ is true toxic bullshit and I hope no children watching this learn a thing from him,” read another.
Rosie O’Donnell applauded Chris Rock’s handling of the incident — and slammed the Academy for it’s do nothing tweet.
Mark Hamill also felt for Rock, hastagging it #UgliestOscarMoment_Ever:
On his show Monday Morning, Howard Stern was also equally critical of Smith, and the Academy for its inaction.
“What you saw on TV was a guy with real issues,” he told listeners, per The Hollywood Reporter. “That’s crazy, that’s crazy when you can’t contain yourself.”
“You don’t provide security?” he asked. “You don’t have someone come up there? Chris Rock was just trying to make people laugh at the f–king ceremony, which was so long and boring.”
Stern also suggested that if a slightly more imposing star had made the gag — like Jason Momoa or Dwayne Johnson — Smith would have remained in his seat “like a bitch.”
Comic Nikki Glaser also called into the show, and mirrored Kathy Griffin’s worries about future attacks in comedy clubs.
“People say, ‘How did Weinstein get away with that for so long? How did that happen?’ and it’s like, we just witnessed it! Everyone saw an assault take place. Everyone in the room with their own eyes. And then if you would have tuned in 20 minutes later, you would have never known that happened.”
Mia Farrow said anyone who was okay with it “has probably never been hit by a powerful man.”
E. Jean Carroll agreed:
Like many others, Mariah Shriver was skeptical about Smith’s “vessel of love” speech afterward: