I just knew this was coming. I really hope this is the beginning of a laugh-fest and the one and only Ricky Gervais is kicking off the open season on Will Smith slapping Chris Rock last Sunday at the Oscars. The day after the Oscars, I wrote this about what I thought might be coming: Will Smith Got His Feelings Hurt at the Oscars and Hit a Comic, Now Come the Real Jokes. From that post…
The backlash and even praise on social media were, of course, instantaneous and Smith was both applauded and chastised for his clear overreaction.
However, the repercussions are just beginning.
There has been a small but growing movement of comics for a couple of years now starting to push back on the notion that there are things that can’t be said because people’s feelings get hurt. I and others have written about this right here at RedState in the past. Here is one example I wrote last year Comics Like Ricky Gervais, Dave Chappelle and Bill Burr are Saving America.
Chris Rock is one of the most successful and respected comics of the last 25 years and he told a mild joke last night about Will Smith’s wife, Jada. Make no mistake about it, that was a mild joke because if Rock had wanted to, he could have gone into the infidelity that Jada has admitted to in their marriage.
So if anyone thinks that Chris Rock’s peers are going to sit by and allow one of their own to be attacked over a joke, you are going to watch a magnificent display of how good comics can dissect you in a heartbeat. I’m not talking just about big names either — you are going to have up-and-comers, people who are somewhat known, all dive in on how Smith totally overreacted to this joke.
There is no escaping the verbal arse-kicking Will Smith is now going to take and he deserves every bit of it.
As you can imagine, this has been the talk of the country and we have covered it from nearly every angle here at RedState. In fact, my colleague Brandon Morse just did a video about whether the slap was fake that you should give a look right here: Okay, Let’s Settle This: Was the Slap Heard Round the World Real or Fake?.
I know that some people are sick of this but as a follower of the Breitbart Doctrine of “politics is downstream from culture,” I think it is worthy of a conversation still. Especially when a comic of Gervais’ stature chimes in.
Here is what he said according to Access New Zealand and their post Oscars 2022: Ricky Gervais reveals Jada Pinkett Smith joke he would’ve made after Will Smith’s slap…
Now, Gervais has finally revealed what he thought of the incident, as well as the brutal joke he would have told instead.
“I’ll get it out of the way. I have not got any Will Smith material. I trended when that happened and I was not even there. What has it got to do with me? People were going ‘What would have happened if Ricky Gervais had been [hosting]?’,” Gervais said during a show in London today.
“Well, nothing as I would not have made a joke about his wife’s hair. I would have made a joke about her boyfriend.”
The After Life actor was referring to 29-year-old US singer August Alsina, whom Jada famously had a years-long relationship in 2015 during her marriage to Smith.
This is exactly what I was talking about in my post above, anticipating comics were going to start to unload on the award-winning actor. There is way too much material about the off-the-wall stuff that Will and Jada Smith have talked about and done for it not to be open season on them after Will attacked a beloved comedian. This is further proof in my mind to answer the question of Brandon’s video above — that this was not a fake event, but that Will Smith acted irrationally and is going to suffer humiliation at the hands of professional and amateur comics for the rest of his life and beyond.
Ricky Gervais reveals in one single line that cuts to the heart of the matter of how all these wackjobs in Hollywood act and how they see themselves. Gervais did this at the Golden Globes a couple of years ago, where the last part of his opening act absolutely destroyed Hollywood and their detachment from reality. So it is no surprise that he focused on the one really odd thing about Will and Jadas’ relationship (being in an open marriage), which puts into perspective Will Smith’s thin-skinned reaction to a joke about hair.
The dude is a broken man.
Now that Ricky has kicked open the gate of ridicule I look forward to what else is coming in the next days and months about this lunacy.
I think we all need to laugh a bit more these days, don’t you?
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