Nearly two months after Will Smith walked up stage during the Oscar’s and slapped comedian Chris Rock, Steve Harvey discussed it during a speech at Georgia State University. The ‘Family Feud’ host called Smith’s actions a ‘punk move’ and he “lost a lot of respect for him.”
As a result of the act, Smith was banned from the Oscars for 10 years, but, was able to keep his Best Actor award that he had won later that same night. “I accept and respect the academy’s decision,” Smith said in a statement last month. He also announced that he would be resigning from the academy because of his actions.
Steve Harvey Lost A LOT Of Respect For Will Smith After The Oscar’s Slap
During the speech at Georgia State University, Harvey also said that his faith would have helped him in that kind of situation. “I’m a Christian, but I’m really undeveloped. I don’t have high-level Christianity. On a scale of 1 to 10, I’m like a 2. That’s the level of Christianity I can work on,” Harvey continued, “You slap me? If you sit back in your seat, Jada Pinkett Smith would have to move out of the way. That’s the type of Christian I am.”
It seems that Harvey wouldn’t have taken a slap so lightly and would have had an equal or greater reaction to being assaulted onstage. I don’t think any of us can blame him, and we’re all still impressed by Chris Rock’s composure to keep the show going and work in a joke during all of the adrenaline, anger and confusion that must have been happening in that moment.
The Oscar slap has opened up a question around the country about attacking comedians on stage, and if Will Smith set a precedent for it. Just last week we watched as Dave Chappelle was tackled on stage by a man who had a knife that was shaped like a gun. Are we really going to allow this to happen?
What do you think? Are you a fan of Steve Harvey and do you believe that he’s right about Smith’s ‘punk move’? Let us know in the comments below.
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