Michael Che Says He’s ‘Disappointed’ at the Academy & Will's Slap Was a ‘Childish Overreaction’
Since Will Smith smacked Chris Rock at the Academy Awards on Sunday, everyone feels compelled to comment, including SNL comedian Michael Che.
On Instagram, Che posted a carousel showing his disappointment in the Academy for rewarding Smith for "acting dramatic" after he got upset over Rock's joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith.
“look. im not tryna make fun of hollywood,” the comedian wrote in the first slide though it seemed like he proceeded to poke fun at the whole situation. “im just saying, im frankly disappointed that the academy would just let will smith PHYSICALLY ATTACK a man, onstage, just because he didn’t like a joke! and THEN after that childish overreactions, they hand this guy a trophy?! and then they all gave him a STANDING OVATION?! i mean, as a viewer it literally felt like i was watching the Academy and all of Hollywood reward this guy for being dramatic. and thats wrong.”
The post was later deleted.
Smith issued an apology to the Academy and Rock for the incident, saying he "reacted emotionally" after hearing the joke.
From Jim Carrey to Smith's mother, everyone has had an opinion on the slap, with some outraged and calling for the Academy to take back Smith's Best Actor award, which is his first Oscar, and others saying Rock got what he deserved for joking about Jada Pinkett Smith's alopecia, something she's been very outspoken about.
Rock has yet to make a public statement following the Oscars, but the tickets for his upcoming comedy tour with Kevin Hart have gone up in value.