Podcaster Joe Rogan blasted Will Smith after he “assaulted” Chris Rock at the Oscars and said there was “no justification” for slapping the comedian because Rock was “doing his f***ing job.”
During “The Joe Rogan Experience” show on Tuesday, the host talked to his guest, MMA fighter Josh Barnett, about what happened at the 94th Academy Awards. Rogan said the “Men in Black” star is so removed from “regular discourse” he “acted like he’s a character in a movie” when he walked on stage and smacked Chris Rock in the face over what he said one of the mildest jokes ever.
“First of all that is a, that whole scene doing that in that manner, in that place is a great example of what’s wrong with the glorification of just being able to just go up to someone and smack them in the face,” the host shared. “Because that whole thing was so weird.”
“I think he [Smith] was being emotionally fragile and he acted on impulse,” he added. “And I think it’s a foolish impulse that you do when you know there’s no consequences. So you’re hitting a small person.”
“Listen, Chris Rock’s doing his f***ing job,” Rogan continued. “You don’t go and sit in the front row, you’re a star at the Oscars. There’s a professional comedian whose job is to roast people. And what he [Rock] did is not even insult him.”
The podcast host hit back at claims the slap was somehow justified and said he thought the “King Richard” star was doing “some weird movie thing.”
“It was like he was getting away with it like he was living in a fictional movie,” the host said. “Like the idea that you think it’s smart while wearing a tuxedo, to walk onto a stage in front of the world…and smack a comedian for the most mild joke and then sit there quivering saying ‘keep my wife’s name out of your f***ing mouth.'”
“And everybody’s just going to sit there in the sh*t that you just took on the table,” he added. “You just pulled your pants down and took a sh*t” on the dinner table and they all have to just sit there and look at that.”
“What I’m saying is like these people live in this fake world of you’re protected by guards, you’re driven by limos, you’re on the red carpet..like all of it is crazy life,” Rogan continued. “And he’s [Smith] so goddamn famous and so removed from regular discourse and interaction with regular people, that he, for whatever reason in his head, acted like he’s a character in a movie.”
Barnett said the “Aladdin” star should’ve been ejected from the show and Rogan said he agreed 100%.
“You can’t just go smack a man in the face in front of the world then go about business as usual,” the podcast host explained. “First of all it sets a terrible precedent in so many different ways.”
Rogan closed out the segment suggesting Smith’s actions came about from “the culmination of a long period of like emotional distress” noting the Hollywood couple’s very public marital issues and said there’s a “certain defensiveness that comes with that.”
The discussion starts at the 1:22:08 minute mark in the podcast here. And can also be seen in the clip below.
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