Jim Carrey on Will Smith: ‘Hollywood is spineless’ for giving a standing ovation after Chris beat Rock at the Oscars

The Film Academy has released a new statement on Will Smith’s “Slap in the Face” at the Oscars.

The academy promises to take “reasonable action” and said it was “outraged” by Smith’s actions.

There were new signs Wednesday morning that Smith may face consequences for beating Chris Rock at the Oscars on Sunday.

After calling a board meeting Monday to discuss the incident, the film academy said it will review Smith’s actions and “consider further action and consequences consistent with our statutes, standards of conduct and California law.” The Los Angeles Police Department said Sunday it was aware of the incident but was not investigating because the person involved declined to file a police report.

The academy is expected to hold an emergency meeting on the possible punishment of Will Smith

Nobody, nobody agrees with what happened,” said Whoopi Goldberg.

Goldberg sits on the board. She said she doesn’t think Smith’s Oscar should be taken away from him, but on Tuesday’s The View, Goldberg suggested Smith should be punished.

“There are consequences — there are big consequences,” she said.

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Comedy legend Jim Carrey also gets involved. He criticizes the standing ovation Smith received when he accepted his Oscar just minutes after attacking Rock.

“I felt sick. I felt like Hollywood en masse is just spineless,” Carrey said. “If you want to yell from the audience or show disapproval or say something on Twitter or whatever, you don’t have the right to go on stage and hit someone for saying words.”

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Both Carrey and Goldberg also expressed concern for Smith:

“The reason people got up and went to him was because a lot of people were like, ‘Oh my God, is he taking a break? Shall we get him out? What do we have to do,'” Goldberg said.

The day after he slapped Chris Rock, Will Smith apologized to the comedian, the academy and viewers at home, saying he “went out of line” and his actions “didn’t”. indicative of the man I want to be.”

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The fallout from Smith’s actions continued as Hollywood and the public continued to grapple with a moment that stunned viewers at the Dolby Theater and viewers at home. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences condemned Smith for hitting Rock, who made a joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, and said she would open an investigation.

Later in the day, Smith apologized more strongly than he did in his best actor acceptance speech, which notably included no apology to Rock.

Pinkett Smith responded Tuesday with a graphic on Instagram that read, “This is a time of healing and I’m here for it.” She had no further comment.

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Smith shocked audiences at the Dolby Theater and those at home when he took the stage after Rock, who acted as presenter, joked: “Jada, I love you. ‘GI Jane 2’ can’t wait to see it.”
The joke hit a nerve. Pinkett Smith, whose head is shaved, has spoken publicly about her alopecia diagnosis. Smith strode onto the stage and slapped Rock in the face. Back in his seat, Smith called Rock twice to “get my wife’s name out of your (eloquent) mouth.” His words echoed clearly throughout Dolby, although broadcaster ABC paused the audio for about 15 seconds. Within an hour, Smith won Best Actor and received a standing ovation. During his five-minute acceptance speech, Smith spoke about defending his family. He also apologized to the Academy.

In an interview Speaking to the Associated Press, Carrey said, “I see it as a bigger problem and a problem that breaks boundaries, you know – boundaries and tolerances and permissiveness about certain behaviors.

“The fact is, people are given license to be violent if they don’t like what they hear,” Carrey said. “And it just wasn’t meant to be.”

The academy released another statement, saying it was “upset and outraged” by Smith’s actions and saying any action it takes will likely take “a couple of weeks.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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