A title has been applied to what can be described as cult activity. During World War Two the American People were drawn into another War in Europe when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. Hollywood jumped into winning this war – with both feet! Hitler and Hirohito were depicted as Monsters. Instead of seeing Will Smith – ACT LIKE A HERO – he slaps a comedian who did not see this violence coming. His comedic jabs and jibes were traditional -and no worse that what Bob Hope dished out. Imagine if a actor got on stage and physically attacked Bob Hope – who did become embroiled in the liberal anti-war politics and rising Bohemian Culture. His “Acapulco Gold” remark was a real dud. And so it goes. No need to beat him black and blue.
Write your Senator and Congressman and demand an investigation. The American People could alway say they have the right to vote, and go to the Picture Show. This is what – MADE US ALL GREAT -and not a handful of monstrous narcissists who try to CONQUER our Public Forum and Public Expression.
Maher kicked off the panel discussion Friday night by addressing what he called a “national moment” where “the whole country is paying attention to something.”
“It exposed, I thought, a lot of aspects of this society we have which are not terribly positive — toxic masculinity, victim culture,” Maher said. “Liberal hypocrisy, I think, was the big loser.”
© Provided by FOX NewsWill Smith. (Foto AP/Chris Pizzello)
The HBO star asked his guests what they thought of the standing ovation Smith received. CNN legal analyst Laura Coates asked why Smith was “even there” to accept the Oscar for Best Actor instead of being escorted out.
Former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang suggested the standing ovation occurred “because it was Will Smith” and that anyone else would have been “ushered out of there very quickly.”
“I do feel like it’s part of the job of a world-famous celebrity attending an award show to absorb mild insults directed at you and yours,” Yang said. “I ran for office and people said things around me I didn’t like, and I didn’t get up and smack anyone.”
“These are the very people who are always talking about micro-aggressions in the workplace and how you should be, you know, not have to face an uncomfortable moment or, you know, people shouldn’t touch you or unwanted leave. Suddenly, they were okay with this,” Maher said. “It just seemed to show, to me, broken morals. Like, you really have no principles.”
“When it’s a star that you like in the service of some vague principle into intersectionality like your wife shouldn’t be insulted even in a mild way, then it’s like, well, too bad. That’s what I like. It made me feel good. So I forget my principles … It was a bad night for liberal hypocrisy,” Maher continued.
© Provided by FOX NewsWill Smith slaps Chris Rock onstage during the 94th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on March 27, 2022. (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)
The “Real Time” host railed about how the Oscars have become a “representation” of the Democratic Party.
“Why is the D so toxic? Because they look at the Oscars and they — it represents sort of, like, pandering. It represents sort of, like, where we’re not connected to everyday people … I mean, this year was a disability, gay and race, which there should be a movie made about these topics, they’re important topics, but it looks like the Oscars only do those topics,” Maher said, referring to Oscar winners Troy Kotsur, Ariana DeBose and Smith.
Yang told Maher that while campaigning in states like Iowa and Ohio, voters would “recoil” when he would say he was running as a Democrat and how they associate the Democratic Party with “this kind of insincere moralizing that condescends to them.”
“And I think when you describe what happened the Oscars as exposing how some rules seem to apply more to some bigger than others, I think that’s part of the frustration, you know, from the folks that were reacting to me when I was on the trail,” Yang said.
Maher mocked how the “woke” define the word “violence” and how they “broadened” the definition.
“Actual violence? Not a big deal,” Maher quipped.
Alongside sharing details of meeting Zendaya and Al Pacino, Almodóvar wrote that he felt “absolute rejection” at seeing Smith slap Chris Rock onstage. The “King Richard” star hit the comedian following a joke he made at wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s expense. “Keep my wife’s name out your f–ing mouth,” he said.
“I was very close to the protagonists,” he wrote in the English-translated essay. “What I saw and heard produced a feeling of absolute rejection in me. Not only during the episode, but afterward, too, in the acceptance speech — a speech that seemed more like that of a cult leader.”
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“You don’t defend or protect the family with your fists, and no, the devil doesn’t take advantage of key moments to do his work,” the director added, referencing Smith’s words, where the actor said Denzel Washington had warned him that “At your highest moment, be careful, that’s when the Devil comes for you.”
Almodóvar continued, “The devil, in fact, doesn’t exist. This was a fundamentalist speech that we should neither hear nor see. Some claim that it was the only real moment in the ceremony, but they are talking about the faceless monster that is the social media. For them, avid for carrion, it undoubtedly was the great event of the night.”
Almodóvar is one of many attendees who have since spoken out against Smith following Slapgate, including hosts Wanda Sykes and Amy Schumer, as well as Zoë Kravitz. Others, like Tiffany Haddish, defended the Oscar winner’s action.
Since then, the Academy announced that it has moved forward with disciplinary hearings and is yet to determine whether suspension, expulsion or other sanctions should be levied on Smith.
An interview with Mel Gibson abruptly ended after Fox News host Jesse Watters asked the Hollywood star to respond to the scandal surrounding Will Smith slapping comedian Chris Rock at the Academy Awards.
© Provided by Washington ExaminerJesse Watters interview with Mel Gibson ends abruptly after Will Smith slap question
Nearly five minutes into the exchange, which aired shortly after Smith resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Friday, Watters popped the question of what Gibson thinks would have happened to him if he were the one who slapped Rock.
“I was wondering if, you know, you had been the one that jumped up out of his seat and slapped Chris Rock, if you would have been treated the same way, Mel?” Watters asked.
A grimacing Gibson did not respond to the question, instead lifting a hand and shaking his head, appearing to signal that he would not answer. That’s when a female voice interrupted to tell Watters their time was up.
Watters repeated the question but was again cut off by a female voice.
“Um, I’m — thank you, Jesse. Uh, we — that is our time,” the voice said. Gibson appeared to hear that, waving a goodbye.
Gibson, who is no stranger to controversy, was promoting his newest film, Father Stu, which is based on the true story of Stuart Long, a boxer who became a Catholic priest. Mark Wahlberg is starring in the titular role.
“Everyone’s got a boulder, man,” Gibson said. “Something’s going to come and knock you down at some point in your life. Now. Later. And how do you stand up from that, you know? How do you not only stand up but how do you find a purpose in that? How do you find a purpose for all of this? So it’s looking for that purpose.”