Will Smith: Democrat Rep. calls for ‘moral vaccination’ and ‘booster shot of civility’ after Oscars
Rep. Dean Phillips made a COVID-19 metaphor of his conviction of Will Smith after the actor punched Chris Rock
Rep. Dean Phillips (D-Minn.) on Monday passionately criticized actor Will Smith’s violent response to comedian Chris Rock who joked about his wife’s shaved head at the Academy Awards.
The Minnesota Democrat said Smith touching Rock on live television while the latter awards an Oscar reflects a greater “erosion of self-control” spreading across the country.
Phillips also seemed to turn his condemnation into a bizarre metaphor for COVID-19 when he called for a “moral vaccination” as a solution to the rising prominence of violence in American society.
The world fell silent on Sunday night when Academy Award-winning actor Smith stormed the Dolby Theater stage in Los Angeles and punched Rock in the face after comedian Jada Pinkett mocked Smith as “GI Jane,” apparently in reference to her appearance. .
Pinkett Smith revealed in 2018 that she struggled with alopecia, an autoimmune disease that results in hair loss on the head and other parts of the body.
“Last night’s obnoxious episode on the Oscar stage sums up the very vicious spirit and erosion of self-control that is spreading in our streets, our schools and our society,” Phillips wrote on Twitter the following morning.
“Both are diseases for which we need a moral vaccination.”
He added in a follow-up tweet: “And a booster shot of courtesy.”
Rock had handed out the Best Documentary Award at the Academy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night when he said to Pinkett Smith, “Jada, I love you. GI Jane 2, I can’t wait to see it.’
The Minnesota Democrat is one of several lawmakers to voice their views on the now-viral Academy Awards incident
It was apparently a reference to her shaved head. The actress decided to cut her hair completely down in December 2021 and told fans in an Instagram video that it was because of her alopecia.
As the Red Table Talk host rolled her eyes, her husband burst onto the stage and banged Rock — the star-studded audience at the Dolby Theater stunned.
US viewers watching the broadcast on ABC had the audio cut off, but unfiltered versions spread like wildfire across the internet.
You can hear Smith yelling “Keep my wife’s name out of your damn mouth.”
Responses from federal lawmakers have ranged from praising Smith to criticizing him.
Progressive representatives Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) and Jamaal Bowman (DN.Y.) appeared to encourage the actor on Sunday night in tweets that have since been deleted.
Pressley shared her life with alopecia in 2020, about a year after her first term in Congress.
‘#Alopecia nation stand up! Thank you #WillSmith Shout out to all husbands who defend their wives living with alopecia despite daily ignorance and insults,” Pressley tweeted, according to Bloomberg.
Smack: The comedian was punched in the face by Jada’s husband Will after storming the stage when Chris jokingly compared her haircut to GI Jane
“#Oscars…Women will be baldies only for real men. Guys don’t have to apply.’
She punctuated the personal post with a black-and-white photo of herself with husband Conan Harris.
The Bloomberg reporter who shared Pressley’s tweet noted that it was removed shortly after the congressman posted it.
Bowman did not mention Smith or Pinkett Smith’s names, but appeared to call the blow a lesson learned for Rock in a since-deleted tweet shared by .
“Teachable Moment: Don’t make fun of a black woman’s hair,” the progressives wrote, according to reporter Ben Jacobs.
He then noted that the message had been tweeted by Bowman’s staff on the legislature’s account because they believed the incident had been staged.
Other legislators such as Rep. Ritchie Torres (DN.Y.) also condemned Rock’s joke, but didn’t go so far as to approve of Smith’s apparent attack.
Pressley, who revealed her own battle with alopecia in 2020, deleted this tweet shortly after posting it, according to Bloomberg reporter Grace Panetta
Another reporter highlighted this tweet from Bowman, which was allegedly created by his associates before realizing the incident had not been staged.
“I found Chris Rock’s joke distasteful and disgusting. But there is no justification for a violent attack on live TV. None,” Torres wrote on Twitter.
His message, published at 11:15 p.m. Eastern, has gone live.
Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) mocked the entire incident, appearing to compare it to media coverage of the 2020 Black Lives Matter demonstrations across the country that summer.
The unrest was described as ‘largely peaceful’ by some major shops, despite images of rioting, smashed windows and apparent arson at some of the more unruly demonstrations.
“Looks like the #Oscars were a mostly peaceful show,” Boebert tweeted Monday morning.
Her fellow GOP representative Madison Cawthorn (RN.C.) wrote on the site the same day, “PRO TIP: Don’t watch the Hollywood Elitist award shows.”
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) launched a Twitter diatribe praising Smith and Rock for “handling the issue.”
“I have to say that I appreciate an alpha male’s response from a man defending his wife. It was settled and after that no more drama. Chris Rock treated it like a no-nonsense man,” Greene wrote.
“It was much better than a Twitter fight with people saying difficult things on their keyboards behind their screens. They tackled the problem and then really moved on.”