‘I Was Sickened’: Jim Carrey Slams Oscars Attendees For Standing Ovation Post Slap

Jim Carrey
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It seems like everyone has an opinion on what’s being called #slapgate on Twitter. Will Smith slapped comedian Chris Rock on national television during the Oscars, and now everyone feels strongly about who was at fault. However, actor Jim Carrey is especially angry at a different group of people. He had some harsh words for Academy Awards attendees who continued their evening as if nothing had happened.

“I was sickened,” Carrey told Gayle King of CBS, according to HuffPost. “I was sickened by the standing ovation. Hollywood is just spineless en masse and it really felt like this is a really clear indication that we’re not the cool club anymore.”

Carrey went on to say that “King Richard” actor “should’ve been” escorted out of the event after striking Rock across the face. He also told King that the only reason Rock wasn’t filing a police report was because he “didn’t want the hassle.”

“I’d have announced this morning that I was suing Will for $200 million because that video is going to be there forever, it’s going to be ubiquitous,” the “Ace Ventura” star continued. “That insult is gonna last a very long time. If you want to yell from the audience and show disapproval or say something on Twitter [that’s fine]. But you do not have the right to walk up on stage and smack somebody in the face because they said words.”

Carrey continued, “[The slap] came out of nowhere because Will has something going on inside him that’s frustrated. I wish him the best. I have nothing against Will Smith. He’s done great things, but that was not a good moment. It cast a shadow over everyone’s shining moment last night … It was a selfish moment.”

Meanwhile, Smith issued a public apology to Rock after sources claimed they made up in person after the ceremony. The “Men in Black” alum shared to Instagram, “Jokes at my expense are part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s medical condition was too much for me to bear and I reacted emotionally. I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong. I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be.”

Most other celebrities were horrified by Smith’s slap and spoke out publicly denouncing it. “I am not reading much about how, or even if, the producers attended to Chris. But I love you, @chrisrock,” Alec Baldwin said of the incident. “And I’m sorry the Oscars turned into the Jerry Springer show.”

There’s now speculation that Smith may have to give his Best Actor award back because he technically violated The Academy’s code of conduct by slapping Rock. However, that doesn’t change the fact that everyone in the room politely acted like nothing happened, which is what Carrey seems most upset about. 

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