Mayor Eric Adams said Monday he was too busy getting to grips with security in New York’s transit system to bother about Will Smith hitting Chris Rock — or to implicate Kyrie Irving, who is fighting COVID-19 – Vaccine mandates flailing around.
During an unrelated press conference, Adams was asked for his thoughts on the scene-stealing moment at the 94th Academy Awards on Sunday when Smith, who later won the Academy Award for Best Actor, rocked onstage in retaliation for the comedian’s “GI.” slapped Jane in the face” joke about the actor’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.
“I was in the subway station last night. I don’t have time for TV,” Adams replied sternly at a daycare center in Queens.
On Sunday night, Smith, 53, took to the stage and delivered a candid punch to Rock, 57, in the head after the stand-up legend made a joke implying that Pinkett Smith, 50, likes the shaved head looked like Demi Moore in the 1997 film GI Jane. Smith — who initially laughed at Rock’s joke while his wife rolled her eyes — went back to his seat and yelled twice at Rock, “Keep my wife’s name out of your damn.” Mouth.”
“Wow dude that was a ‘GI Jane’ joke,” replied a stunned Rock, before quipping, “That was, uh, the greatest night in television history.”
Pinkett Smith has alopecia and has been vocal in recent years about her experience with the hair loss that the condition causes.
Adams’ event also came the morning after Irving – a 30-year-old, seven-time NBA All-Star – claimed he was fighting “for freedom” by not getting vaccinated against COVID-19.
“For me, this season has never been about just taking a stand. It was really about making sure I stand on what I believe in, freedom,” Irving said Sunday after his first game of the season at Barclays Center, a 119-110 loss to the Hornets.
“Freedom, I don’t think that’s a word that’s defined enough in our society, about the freedom to make decisions about your life without anyone telling you what the hell to do and if that’s going to nuance.” Our society confers on politicians controlling, government controlling, or things in power – the forces that can be,” Irving added.
“I stand for freedom, so that’s in all facets of my life. There is no one who enslaves me. I don’t want anyone telling me what to do with my life and that’s just how I am and when I get tarnished about my image and people keep slandering my name because those aren’t things I forget. ”
During Monday morning’s press conference, Adams was angered by reporters’ questions about the reaction to his decision to grant local professional athletes and artists exemptions from the city’s private sector vaccination mandate — a move that prompted backlash from community unions and everyday individuals. sector workers.
Asked if he would consider rehiring the 1,400 city government employees who were recently laid off for refusing to be vaccinated against the virus given the exemption for wealthy professional baseball and basketball players, Adams balked, that the series of questionings continued days after Thursday’s announcement, which in a lengthy reply described the matter as “closed”.
“I really want to live up to media expectations. I spent two days talking about it, I answered every question that was put to me. What won’t happen under my administration is the continuation of questions over and over again. We’re in this universe where the name Eric Adams and Kyrie Irving get a lot of clicks, that’s okay. You do your job, I do my job,” the mayor said.
“I don’t keep asking questions about the same things over and over again. The Kyrie story, the cast stories, the athlete stories, that’s over. … I need to run a city, not stay in one place spreading stories. If you need a creative way to write the story, you have to do it without my involvement.”
“I have answered every question on the subject. Eric Adams doesn’t have to answer any more questions,” he added, referring to himself in the third person.
“I have to run a city, not a sports team.”
Also on Monday, Adams vowed to eventually discuss the ongoing vaccination mandate for city workers with a fire department union leader, who said on Saturday he wanted to speak to the mayor about the matter.
“I meet everyone. Everyone knows me,” Adams told reporters. “I meet ex-gang bangers, protesters and protesters. I meet everyone. I look forward to meeting everyone including our unions.”
After Adams last week unveiled the vaccination exemption for private workers, which allows Irving, as well as unvaccinated Mets and Yankees, to take their home fields next month, attorneys told the Post that scores of workers were fired for refusing to fight the COVID City to comply -19 vaccine mandates line up to appeal.
An unvaccinated 43-year-old Elissa Embree of Harlem, who was sent home from preseason orientation for her job as a waitress at the Mets’ Citi Field last week, told The Post in a front-page story that Adams shuts out wealthy athletes, but doesn’t shut them out The city’s vaccination regulations are “a slap in the face”.
https://nypost.com/2022/03/28/eric-adams-too-busy-for-will-smith-chris-rock-or-kyrie-drama/ Eric Adams too busy for Will Smith, Chris Rock or the Kyrie drama