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Jim Carrey Blasts "Spineless" Hollywood Over Will Smith Controversy

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Jim Carrey Blasts "Spineless" Hollywood Over Will Smith Controversy

Beloved actor Jim Carrey has made it very clear which side he's on in the ongoing Will Smith/Chris Rock Oscars controversy.

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Earlier this week, the Academy Awards became the only thing anyone could talk about - for entirely the wrong reasons. Smith, who was in attendance for his role in King Richard, shocked the audience when he slapped host Rock right in the face for making a joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.

If you're as sick of reading about this slap as I am of writing about it, we actually spoke to Jim Carrey about some other stuff. Take a look below!

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The world is entirely divided on the slap, of course. Some believe Smith did the right thing by standing up for his wife (who never asked him to slap anyone in the face, by the way). Others reckon that violence is never acceptable, and Smith should be setting a better example.

Now, Jim Carrey has waded into the fray. The star of the upcoming Sonic The Hedgehog 2 slammed a "spineless Hollywood" for applauding Smith, who accepted the award for Best Actor not 20 minutes after the slap took place.

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“I was sickened,” Carrey told CBS. “I was sickened by the standing ovation. I felt like Hollywood is just spineless en masse. It really felt like this is a clear indication that we’re not the cool club anymore.”

Carrey added that he understood why Rock wasn't pressing charges, but that he certainly would've taken action if it were him who'd been hit. "“He doesn’t want the hassle," Carrey said of Rock. "I would have announced this morning that I was suing Will for $200million because that video is going to be there forever. It’s going to be ubiquitous. That insult is going to last a very long time.

“If you want to yell from the audience in disapproval or say something on Twitter or whatever [that’s fine], you do not have the right to walk up on-stage and smack somebody in the face because they said words.”

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He finished: "it 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.”

Yesterday Smith released a public apology to Rock via social media in which he said his actions were not "indictive of the man I want to be".

Featured Image Credit: ABC

Topics: TV And Film, Sonic

Ewan Moore
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