Will Smith slapping Chris Rock has been the center of news for the past few days now. Recently, Kenny Rock, brother of Chris Rock, called out the Academy Awards and Will Smith in a new interview.
Who Is Kenny Rock?
Kenny Rock is the younger brother of comedian and actor Chris Rock. Kenny is an actor, who has starred in movies like Hope A Brooklyn Story (2014), Coincidental Killer (2016), and Vesuvius (2018). His birth name is Kenneth C. Rock. Chris and Kenny have another brother Tony Rock, who is also an actor.
What Did Kenny Rock Say?
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Kenny said that Chris was not aware of Jada’s medical condition before he made the joke about her being bald. He said that “It wasn’t hilarious funny, but I know that if he knew that she had alopecia … he wouldn’t make a joke about that. But he didn’t know.” He also stood by his brother’s joke and said that “The joke was funny”.
Kenny Rock went on to criticize the Academy Awards for not immediately removing Smith from the Awards after he slapped Chris. “He should have been escorted out of there,” Kenny said. Furthermore, he added that “He could have went up there and did anything you wanted to my brother. It could have been much worse than what he did.”
Defending Oscars, the co-producer of the awards ceremony said that Will Smith was not escorted away from the venue because Chris did not want that. However, various versions of what happened have come out disputing this claim. There was a gap of over 40 minutes between the incident and Will Smith accepting the award for his performance in the movie King Richard.
Will Smith’s Apology
About Will Smith’s acceptance speech, he said “I might have looked at it differently had he initially apologized when he got on the stage and cried and accepted the award, but he didn’t, so, right there that tells me that it is something else.”
Will Smith did issue a public apology the next day, but Kenny did not feel that it was genuine. He said that “I think his publicist and the people that work under him probably advised him to do that.”
He went on to add that his brother was “belittled” in front of millions of viewers. Kenny wants the Academy Awards to take action against the actor and take his award away.
What Did Chris Rock Say?
Kenny has been pretty vocal about his feelings towards Will Smith and his apology, however, not much has been said by Chris Rock himself. In a recent show, he did say that he was still processing what happened and he would talk about it at some point in time.
A lot of stories and theories have unraveled ever since the incident went down. But there has not been much chatter from the people involved. Fans and spectators have taken sides and either condemn the joke or the act itself. However, it is yet to be seen if the two will ever be on good terms with each other or not.