The Oscar slap in Will Smith''s sandbox has sparked a panic in the entertainment industry, which continues to go two months later. A number of celebrities have weighed in on the situation, but others have criticized him. Wanda Sykes, who co-hosted this years Academy Awards, has fallen into the latter category.
Wanda Sykes met Will Smith on stage during an appearance at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, but Smith continued to participate, eventually accepting the Best Actor Award, and giving a speech. She also talked about how she felt about Smith''s absence from the building:
I''m still traumatized. I''m only allowed to talk about it. I get anxious. I couldn''t believe that he was still sitting there, like an asshole. Shouldn''t you be sitting there with a lawyer or LAPD, motherfucker?
The actress said that she had planned to respond onstage following the incident. At the time, she said that during the televised moment, she felt profound for long-time friend Chris Rock. In regard to the King Richard star, the actress expressed concern over the fact that he was allowed to stay in the building was gross. Several brutally honest reactions were revealed.
I hope to get his shit together. Until then, fuck him.
Wanda Sykes is far from the only person in the comedy world to have shared honest thoughts on Will Smith''s actions. Jim Carrey was dissatisfied by the fact that Smith received a standing ovation after accepting his Oscar. Jay Leno also called out the Academy for implying that no further evidence of an assault was required. In addition, Steve Harvey admitted that after losing a lot of respect for [Smith].
Marlon Wayans gave the I Am Legend actor some advice. Wayans revealed that he called up his long-time friend shortly following the broadcast and suggested that he take some time to get therapy. Other comedians such as Richard Ayoade have remained neutre, yet he made a joke about it, which drew huge laughs at an awards show.
Will Smith has been banned from the Academy for ten years as a result. Chris Rock hasn''t shared much about the situation, but has said that he intends to open up about it after receiving his Academy Award nomination. It''s fair to presume that comments from Wanda Sykes and others might continue to surface for the foreseeable future.