Here’s why Will Smith attacking Chris Rock on stage is very bad for comedians.
We doubt if you have been able to escape the trends that have followed last night’s Academy Awards ceremony. “King Richard” star and “Best Actor” winner, Will Smith physically assaulted presenter, Chris Rock after he made a joke about his wife’s alopecia condition on stage.
The whole event was televised and the world cannot stop talking about it. It has also overshadowed Smith’s “Best Actor” win which most, especially his wife, Jada believed had been long overdue. Recall that back in 2016, Rock joked about Jada not attending the Academy Awards during his opening monologue.
Several of the world’s stars have reacted to the incident. In a tweet shared hours ago, Kathy Griffin believes that comedians all over the world “now have to worry about who wants to be the next Will Smith in comedy clubs and theatres”.
Many have shared that comedians will have to be careful with the things they say to avoid getting assaulted by people in the audience. Most believe that Smith has now set a standard for comedians to get assaulted for their jokes on stage. Check out some of the tweets below.
Let me tell you something, it’s a very bad practice to walk up on stage and physically assault a Comedian.
Now we all have to worry about who wants to be the next Will Smith in comedy clubs and theaters.
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) March 28, 2022
Well, I think comedians should always know a slap is part of the hazards of the job.
— ndụka. (@NdukaEbubeDike) March 28, 2022
Thanks to Will Smith, the left has now set the standard that you can assault comedians on stage and have no repercussions for it… disgusting trash.
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) March 28, 2022
oh hell yeah will smith just normalized slapping stand up comedians
“Normalize attacking comedians that offend you.” -Half of twitter this evening
— Ethan Klein (@h3h3productions) March 28, 2022
Comedians who make other people's personal struggles their punchline get to experience being someone else's line punch.
We live in a culture that thinks it's fucking funny to snatch Black women's hair off their heads & film it for the world to mock.
— TaLynn Kel / Covid Auntie / Aggressively Black (@TaLynnKel) March 28, 2022
watching comedians get smacked for using sensitive subjects as fuel for incredibly disrespectful and unfunny jokes feels like having sunlight shined directly upon my soul
— 🍊 LILLY(ง'̀-'́)ง (@gimme_ur_d0llar) March 28, 2022