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HBO’s “Real Time” host Bill Maher tore into the whole Will Smith controversy on Friday, blaming the “slap heard round the world” on “toxic femininity” while mocking the actor’s home life and the faux outrage coming from his wife Jada Pinkett Smith over a joke about her hair.
“Thank you all for coming and putting on a brave face,” Maher joked in the opening of his monologue. “To Will Smith: stay strong and I got your back.”
“April Fools. You’re a d*ck,” he quipped. “I’m not here to humiliate Will Smith. He gets enough of that at home.”
“Every single person in America was talking about the sucker punch heard ’round the world,” Maher noted. “That whole ‘Keep my wife’s name out of your mouth’ didn’t really work out.”
(Video Credit: Real Time with Bill Maher)
“There was more action in three seconds than in three hours of ‘The Power of the Dog’,” the liberal comic snarked.
“Who would have thought that the movie coming out of the Oscars with all the buzz was ‘G.I. Jane,’” he ironically noted. He also contended that Chris Rock’s joke comparing Jada Pinkett-Smith to G.I. Jane wasn’t even that bad of a joke, stating that comparing a woman to Demi Moore “at her hottest” was not a major insult.
“Alopecia is not leukemia,” he remarked and then blamed “toxic femininity” for causing the incident.
There was controversy on top of controversy, Maher declared and then joked that Smith got into a shoving match with Liza Minnelli.
He also stated that there were more important things happening around the world this week “but we don’t care about that.”
finally someone answering the biggest attack on stand -up comedy the way it should be answered!
— KaliDali (@kali_dali) April 2, 2022
Maher raised the issue later in the show with his panel that included Laura Coates, who is a CNN senior legal analyst, and former Democratic candidate Andrew Yang, where they discussed Hollywood’s liberal hypocrisy that seemed to take center stage at the Oscars.
Coates could not contain her disgust and disbelief that Smith actually received a standing ovation for winning the Best Actor award moments after slapping Rock, “I thought, ‘Why is he even there to get the award?’”
Yang made the observation that “part of it was he’s Will Smith. Anyone else would have been ushered out.”
Maher blasted the celebrities who cheered Smith, saying, “They’re always talking about micro-aggressions” but “suddenly, they were okay with this.” He claimed that it “showed broken morals” in Hollywood elites.
Hollywood represents the elite who have no clue about how the rest of us live and struggle, they can claim they do but they don’t.
— Little Ink Demon (@sparcs72) April 2, 2022
“Actual violence? Not a big deal. Except when I feel like it, then it’s a great answer,” the comic bluntly posited.
He went on to remark that the Academy Award ceremony itself “represents pandering” and is “not connected to everyday people.” This year was all about “disability, gay, race,” he charged, claiming that’s all the Oscars were about.
Maher also said that he had spoken with a black friend at the Vanity Fair party where another guest posed a scenario in which Rock responded to the slap by fighting back.
“He couldn’t,” Maher’s friend asserted. “He had the whole race on his shoulders.”
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