Tony Rock has been seething after Will Smith hit his brother Chris at the Oscars. Rock is currently taking his anger out on Smith in his most recent comedy set.
According to The Jasmine Brand, Rock is taking it upon himself to seek spoken revenge on his brother by calling out Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett-Smith in what are supposedly billed as “jokes” in his April 1 show, but is really just using the bully pulpit (pun intended).
"If you think you gonna walk up on this stage, this aint the motherf----ing Oscars," he said to applause and cheering.
“And if you walk your a– up here, you ain’t nominated for s–t but this motherf—ing hands…Oh, we going to pop for the rest of the year. Every time you see me do a show, pop!”
He also added, “I didn’t want to start the show like that! You gonna hit my motherf—ing brother because your b—- gave you a side-eye?”
While it may have been objectively wrong for Smith to hit Rock on stage, Smith was reacting to a joke Rock made about Pinkett-Smith's hair.
Pinkett-Smith currently suffers from alopecia, and many felt like his joke was referencing that, making the joke in poor taste.
It’s also understandable that Rock would be upset on behalf of his brother, but disrespecting Pinkett-Smith, who didn’t ask Smith to go up on stage and slap Rock, seems over the top and, again, in poor taste.
Smith recently announced his resignation from the Academy
“I have directly responded to the Academy’s disciplinary hearing notice, and I will fully accept any and all consequences for my conduct,” his statement reads in part. “My actions at the 94th Academy Awards presentation were shocking, painful, and inexcusable. The list of those I have hurt is long and includes Chris, his family, many of my dear friends and loved ones, all those in attendance, and global audiences at home.I betrayed the trust of the Academy. I deprived other nominees and winners of their opportunity to celebrate and be celebrated for their extraordinary work. I am heartbroken. I want to put the focus back on those who deserve attention for their achievements and allow the Academy to get back to the incredible work it does to support creativity and artistry in film. So, I am resigning from membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and will accept any further consequences the Board deems appropriate. Change takes time and I am committed to doing the work to ensure that I never again allow violence to overtake reason.”