Brooke, Karl and Ally discuss Will Smith slack

Will Smith’s controversial Oscars hit continues to divide opinion, as Today’s hosts weighed in on the astonishing moment on today’s show.

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences today launched “disciplinary proceedings” against the actor after he punched Chris Rock over a joke about his wife.

A statement also claimed that Smith was asked to leave the ceremony “and refused” after the incident.

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Brooke Boney said she thought the public’s reaction to the joke would have been different if Jada Pinkett-Smith hadn’t been black. (Today)

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Brooke said what bothered her was that Will Smith was the only one defending his wife, and that there would have been a different reaction from the public if a different person had been targeted.

Karl also agreed that Jada Pinkett-Smith was a victim, saying that “the abuse directed against her was psychologically much worse”.

“What upsets me is that Jada Pinkett-Smith is a black woman and if Chris Rock would have come out and said something about the other people there — like Liza Minelli or the people involved in that great movie CODA, people would have stood and defended them and Will Smith is in trouble for defending his wife,” Brooke said.

Karl said he found the abuse against Pinkett-Smith a big problem.

“I think a lot of people have come out and really quickly laughed at Will Smith for hitting someone – when I thought the abuse against his wife was psychologically much worse,” he said.

“I think the bullying was much worse.”

Karl said he thinks bullying Jada Pinkett-Smith is terrible and much worse than an open slap from Will Smith. (Today)

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Ally said she wanted to know if Chris Rock was aware of Pinkett-Smith’s alopecia before making the joke. Regardless, she still doesn’t believe it warranted a violent response.

“I thought the reaction where everyone sided with Will was completely wrong,” Ally said.

“I think everyone has said it was horrible what was said, but you don’t react with violence.

“I just think when someone turns around and their solution to that is violence, that’s a really bad message.”

Will Smith, right, hits host Chris Rock onstage during the Oscars Best Documentary Award ceremony at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, March 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

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