Wanda Sykes has joined the long list of celebrities who have voiced out their side after the Oscars Slapgate. The comedian and Oscar host slammed the Academy of Motion Pictures on March 30.
She was taping an episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show; when she stated that the Academy’s decision to let Will Smith be in the theater and get an Oscar made her “physically ill”. Sykes hosted the Oscars this year with Amy Schumer and Regina Hall.
The host told Ellen that she was shocked when she first discovered what was going on backstage. She questioned, “Is this really happening?” Sykes stated in an interview that she felt terrible for her friend, Chris. The interview is slated to release on April 7th.
Wanda added, “I just felt so awful for my friend, Chris. It was sickening. I physically felt ill. I’m still a little traumatized by it.” The comedian further stated that they let him stay and enjoy the rest of the show to accept his award, which felt “gross”.
Sykes further explained, “This is just the wrong message, you assault somebody you get escorted out of the building. That’s it. But for them to let him continue, I thought was gross,” she remarked.
Even after Will’s apology to Rock and the Academy, Sykes said that no one apologized to them. She said, “We worked really hard to put that show together — so I’m like, what the hell is this?”
For people who have come out of their shells right now, Rock made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith, Will’s wife which did not go down well with the latter. He went on stage and slapped Chris before yelling to take his wife’s name out of his mouth. (in more of a profane way).
“Would you feel the same if Wanda Sykes had told the joke Rock did?”
Smith apologized to Rock on Instagram but it felt forced for a lot of people because the Academy had started its official investigation by then. Meanwhile, many Twitter users backed Sykes’ position.
According to one user, “For all who think that Will was justified in doing what he did because he was ‘defending his woman’. Would you feel the same if Wanda Sykes had told the joke Rock did? Would it be okay if Will slapped her because he was ‘defending his woman’? Violence is violence.”
Another user supported Sykes and wrote how she was completely right. The user added they all witnessed “workplace violence”. They further said that there should be zero tolerance for workplace violence.