Joe Biden White House Asked About Will Smith, Chris Rock Drama

Political commentary? The fallout from Will Smith and Chris RockThe 2022 Oscars drama has made its way all the way to the White House.

According to the Politico journalist Max TaniWhite House communications director Kate Bedingfield – who replaced the White House press secretary Jen Psaki during a briefing on Tuesday March 29 – was asked about the president Joe Biden‘s thoughts on what happened between the Oscar winner, 53, and the Saturday Night Live alum, 57, at the ceremony on Sunday, March 27.

“White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield said at the press conference that the White House had ‘no official comment on the altercation’ between Will Smith and Chris Rock, and said Biden does not ‘didn’t watch the Oscars,’ the journalist tweeted on Tuesday.

When Rock took the stage to present at the 94th Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday, he pranked Jada Pinkett Smithcosts, comparing his shaved head to Half Moore‘peach G.I. Jane. (The fifties Red table discussion the host suffers from alopecia, a condition she has spoken about openly for years.)

Pinkett Smith rolled her eyes at the remark. While the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air alum initially seemed to laugh at the comment, his demeanor quickly changed as he took the stage and punched Rock in the face. Smith then yelled at the comedian after returning to his place in the audience, telling the longest yard actor to “keep my wife’s name out of your fucking mouth”.

the men in black star – who won the best actor trophy for his starring role in King Richard later that evening and alluded to the altercation in his acceptance speech – broke his silence on the incident a day later.

“Violence in all its forms is toxic and destructive. My behavior at the Oscars last night was unacceptable and inexcusable,” Smith wrote via Instagram on Monday, March 28, noting that hearing “a joke about Jada’s medical condition was too much for me to bear and I reacted emotionally “.

He continued: “I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of place and I was wrong. I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be. He doesn’t there is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness.

In his Instagram post, the Pursuit of happiness The actor also apologized to the Academy, the Oscar producers, all viewers of the ceremony and his “King Richard family”, writing that his “behaviour…has tainted” the legacy of the project. .

Dozens of celebrities have weighed in on the scandal, with some siding with Rock and others supporting Smith. David Pique and Judd Apatow defended the Madagascar voice actor, with the Oscars co-host Amy Schumer revealing via Instagram on Wednesday March 30 that she felt “traumatized” by the situation.

Old Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Star Janet Hubertfor his part, tweeted: “There’s not much you can take…sometimes you gotta slam back. Celebrate the win…nothing else matters. Both actions were incorrect, but Chris didn’t need to go there.

While We Weekly confirmed that Rock had not filed a complaint with the police, the Academy launched a “formal review” of the incident.

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