Smith: ‘The Mask’ actor Jim Carrey criticizes Will Smith’s selfish slap and Academy reaction

LOS ANGELES: Hollywood star Jim Carrey has slammed Will Smith for assaulting Chris Rock at the 94th Academy Awards, saying he was “sickened” by the standing ovation that followed the Academy Award for Best Actor actor.

Smith won the best actor trophy for his role in ‘King Richard’ minutes after his infamous altercation with Rock where he slapped the comedian for a joke regarding his wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s hair loss, alopecia, reported IndieWire.

After the slap, Smith returned to his seat and yelled at Rock, “Keep my wife’s name out of your fucking mouth.”

“I was sickened by the standing ovation (after his victory). Hollywood is just inert en masse and I really feel like that’s a very clear indication that we’re not the cool club anymore,” Carrey told CBS’ Gayle King while promoting her movie ‘Sonic the Hedgehog 2’.

The ‘The Mask’ star said Smith “should have been” escorted out of the ceremony for slapping Rock, who declined to press charges.

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences officially condemned Smith’s actions the next day and said it would take appropriate action against the actor.

According to Carrey, if he had been in Rock’s shoes, he would have sued the actor because the video will be there forever.

“This insult is going to last a very long time. If you want to shout from the audience and show your disapproval or say something on Twitter (that’s fine). But you’re not allowed to go on stage and hit someone in the face. because they said words.”

“(The slap) came out of nowhere because Will has something frustrated about him. I wish him the best. I have nothing against Will Smith. He did great things, but it wasn’t a good time. It cast a shadow over everyone’s brilliant moment last night… It was a selfish moment.”

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Smith apologized to the Academy and the other nominees in his acceptance speech on Sunday, but apparently defended his action, saying, “love will make you do crazy things.”

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He did, however, issue a formal apology to the comedian the following day, saying, “Jokes at my expense are part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s medical condition was too much for me to bear and I reacted emotionally. “I’d like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of place and I was wrong. I’m embarrassed and my actions weren’t indicative of the man I want to be.”

Jada Pinkett, meanwhile, posted a brief statement on Instagram that read, “It’s a healing season and I’m here for it.”

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