The slap at the Academy Awards continues to be a hit.
Whoopi Goldberg, host on ABC’s The View and a member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, said she agrees Will Smith’s apology to the Beat presenter Chris Rock on stage at the Oscar show on Sunday.
But Smith is not unscathed to Goldberg.
“There are consequences,” she said said Tuesday morning on the show. “There are big consequences because no one agrees with what happened. Nobody, nobody, nobody.”
Goldberg, 66, went into detail on why no one comforted Rock, 57 – and why everyone flocked to Smith instead.
“People were like, ‘Oh my god, is he on a break? Do we have to get him out? What do we have to do?’” she explained, adding that no one else would be allowed on stage to check on Rock.
But Smith wasn’t apparently removed because just minutes later he had an opportunity to win an Oscar – which he did.
“That would have been another 15, 20 minute explanation of why we take the black man out five seconds before deciding whether or not he won an Oscar,” she continued, telling the producer Will Packer made “the right decision”.
As the show’s hosts debated whether or not Smith should be talked about further, co-host Sunny Hostin suggested that Rock’s “attack” is being shown repeatedly around the world and that they “have to think about him.”
“He was the victim here, but let’s also know that everything that had to happen that night happened.” Goldberg refuted. “Chris took care of business. And he’s the adult who said, ‘You know what, I get it. I’ll let it do what it has to do.’”
The View included thoughts from US Senator Cory Booker, who offered his take on the infamous slap in the face. Although he said he never advocates cruel humor, he also believes that “nothing justifies violence.
“What we saw that night was violence and it was very, very disappointing. But again, let’s all show mercy,” he said. “We all made mistakes and the totality of who Will Smith and who Chris Rock is was not defined by what I felt was a very unfortunate and low moment for the Oscars and for all of us.”
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