‘A very painful moment for me’

The 2022 Oscars undoubtedly packed a punch — even for its producer.

“Welp…I stated it wouldn’t be boring#Oscars,” the 94th Academy Awards producer Will Packer tweeted Sunday night after Will Smith stormed on stage during the live show and slapped Chris Rock. Smith made the transfer after the comic made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s bald head, which is due to the medical condition alopecia.

However Packer’s preliminary tweet following the assault was not acquired nicely by social media customers.

“Making jokes about an assault that occurred throughout your present isn’t the congratulatory message you assume it’s,” Twitter consumer Jonathan Jewel replied to Packer’s initial tweet.

Nevertheless, the producer, who’s black, wasn’t going to permit viewers to criticize him and defined that the altercation was “very painful” for him to witness in a follow-up assertion.

“Black folks have a defiant spirit of laughter in the case of coping with ache as a result of there was a lot of it. I don’t really feel the necessity to elucidate that for you,” Packer commented on Jewel’s tweet. “However I additionally don’t thoughts being clear and say that this was a really painful second for me. On many ranges.”

Following the televised altercation, the Academy itself tweeted a condemnation of “violence of any type” and has since stated it would begin a “formal evaluate” of what occurred.

Smith’s slap was adopted by the profanity-filled demand that Rock “hold my spouse’s identify out of your f–king mouth!” as different celebrities — together with Denzel Washington, Tyler Perry and Bradley Cooper — stepped in to assist ease tensions.

Many individuals have been fast to criticize Packer and his manufacturing group for permitting “King Richard” star Smith to remain within the viewers and later settle for the award for Finest Actor in a Main Function.

Oscars 2022 producer Will Packer took to Twitter to share his ideas on Will Smith slapping Chris Rock after he made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith.
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After the viral second, Packer was seemingly put in a tough place, having private relationships with each Rock and actress Pinkett Smith, who starred within the Packer-produced hit film “Ladies Journey.” His flip working the legendary awards present was additionally the primary time in historical past that an all-black manufacturing group was tasked with the job.

The Smiths and Rock have reportedly been on the outs for the reason that comic first took hits on the actors whereas internet hosting the 2016 Oscars. Nevertheless, many celebrities and followers are break up on having empathy for Smith’s violent reaction.

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