When Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars, 66 people filed a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission, the US television regulator.
The moment, seen by around 15 million people across the US, drew a range of complaints, but many focused on the fact that children may have witnessed the incident.
TMZwho received the list of complaints allege that one said: “The level of violence one black man inflicts on another for something he did not want to hear is unbearable!! do you agree??? Thought black lives mattered?? Obviously not!! Is this your message???? Smith should be fined and suspended!!!!”
Another complaint called for Smith’s arrest and disqualification from the Oscars. “Will Smith physically and verbally assaulted Chris Rock tonight at the Oscars in front of the world on national television,” the statement said. “It was so bad that the words Will shouted at Chris were blocked before the public hearing. Will should be barred from more Oscars and arrested for assault, as we’ve all seen. There should be no privileging of such violence that would be obvious to all.”
A Texas viewer called the incident “devastating,” while another from California said he was “disturbed.”
While there have only been 66 official complaints from US viewers, numerous celebrities have slammed Smith’s response to the joke, with Jim Carrey calling out the man Bad Boys Star arrested.
Smith has since apologized to Rock for the incident, and the comedian recently commented on it at a stand-up show in Boston. “I’m still processing what happened, so I’ll talk about it at some point,” Rock said. “And it’s going to be serious and it’s going to be funny, but for now I’m going to crack some jokes.”
Rock has denied claims that he and Smith spoke and cleared the air.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/will-smith-chris-rock-complaints-oscars-b2048559.html Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars draws 66 complaints from viewers