Jim Carrey is being called out for “hypocrisy” after saying that Will Smith “should have been” arrested for hitting Chris Rock at the Oscars.
The actor, 60, criticized Smith in the wake of the ceremony, in which Smith walked on the stage and struck Rock after he made a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head. It is unknown whether Rock knew about Pinkett Smith’s alopecia diagnosis.
”I have nothing against Will Smith – he’s done great things, but that was not a good time,” Carrey told CBS host Gayle King. “It cast a shadow over everyone’s shining moment last night… It was a selfish moment.”
He continued: “I’d have announced this morning that I was suing Will for $200m because that video is going to be there forever; it’s going to be ubiquitous.”
Since Carrey’s comments, a video showing the actor accepting an award at the MTV Movie Awards in June 1997 has circulated on Twitter.
It shows Carrey gracing the stage after winning for The Cable Guy, and forcibly kissing an uncomfortable Alicia Silverstone, who was presenting the award, on the lips. Carrey was 35 at the time, while Silverstone was 20.
Another clip shows Carrey trying to kiss Smith on his way to the stage. The actor is facing condemnation for his actions in the videos, and for being a “hypocrite” in relation to his comments on Smith’s behavior. Since the video was shared online, it has been sitting around Twitter, although most of the posts refer to Silverstone’s incorrect age of him.
The Independent has contacted Carrey for comment.
“It’s amazing that Jim Carrey sexually assaulted Alicia Silverstone by physically forcing her to kiss him on national TV and it had literally no impact on his career whatsoever,” one person wrote. Another added: Look at her reaction to her after he did it, she looks SO disgusted!
One tweeter stated: “Jim Carrey says Will Smith ‘should have been’ arrested for hitting Chris Rock How about when Jim Carrey forcibly kissed Alicia Silverstone when he was going up on stage to accept an award,” while another wrote: “Jim Carrey tried to French kiss Will Smith at the MTV movie awards and he kissed Alicia Silverstone without her consent at the same award show…. and nobody said a word.”
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Carrey isn’t the only actor to have forced a kiss upon an awards presenter. In 2003, Adrien Brody kissed a surprised-looking Halle Berry after winning Best Actor for The Pianists. Speaking about the moment in 2017, Berry told Andy Cohen that her initial thought of her was: “What the f*** is happening?”
Smith slapping Rock swiftly became the most-talked about moment from this year’s Oscars ceremony, with his behavior leading to widespread criticism from many Hollywood peers. However, moments after the altercation occurred, Smith was given a standing ovation before delivering a tearful Best Actor speech for king richard.
The actor has since issued an apology to Rock, the comedian said on Wednesday (30 March) he was “still processing” what happened during his first stand-up show since the incident. Sources close to Rock have said he had “no idea” about Pinkett Smith’s condition.
The Academy in a statement on Wednesday said it had initiated “disciplinary proceedings” against Smith for violating its Standards of Conduct “including inappropriate physical contact, abusive or threatening behaviour, and compromising the integrity of the Academy”.