Watters on most ‘surprising’ aspect of Oscars slap: ‘First time I’ve seen media cover black-on-black crime’

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As the furor over the altercation between Will Smith and Chris Rock at the Oscars on Sunday continues to dominate the news cycle, every pundit has leaped at the opportunity to give a take, and Fox News’ Jesse Waters was no exception.

Hot takes have flown back and forth since Smith’s slap, with people alternatively saying Smith was defending his wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s honor, others saying his violence in response to a joke (that most regard as having been in bad taste) was way over the line and unprofessional. Everyone has agreed that it was certainly the highlight moment in the otherwise forgettable 94th Academy Awards.

The incident got started when Rock told a joke about Smith’s wife, who suffers from hair loss due to alopecia. Rock’s reference to Jada’s bald state noted Demi Moore’s shaved-head character in “G.I. Jane.”

Fox News’ “The Five” chimed in on the incident, with Piers Morgan appearing as a guest panelist.

Morgan defended Smith, saying that the slap was like seeing the cowboy in some movie defending his wife’s honor.

Watters interrupted Morgan to say that Rock gets a pass for being a comedian: “It’s one thing when a cowboy says it, it’s another thing when a comedian says it. You wouldn’t have done that, because you have class.”

Watters then quipped that “This is the first time I’ve ever seen the media cover black-on-black crime, so I’m actually quite surprised by this.”

“If Mel Gibson had done this, [Speaker of the House] Nancy Pelosi would be kneeling in the Capitol right now. He would be the only guy not being allowed out on bail in L.A. County,” he continued.

“The fact that the L.A. Sheriff didn’t haul this guy out of there at the next commercial break explains why there’s such a huge crime problem in this country because you can just go up as an audience member and just cold-cocked the comedian on live television and get away with it,” Watters exclaimed.

He also noted the methodology of the strike, saying that “a slap is more humiliating than a fist, you know it as a man and I know it as a man.”

Rock wound up declining to press charges, which Watters applauded, before commenting on the Smiths’ “open marriage” and speculating that it was the root behind the on-screen slap.

Perhaps the most sincere and truthful opinion was Greg Gutfield’s, who captured what many on social media felt, saying, “part of me was just really grateful that something interested happened. That was probably the realest thing that has ever happened on the Oscars.”


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