Terry Crews Speaks out about Chris Rock-Will Smith Moment at Oscars 2022
Terry Crews is the latest star to speak out over Will Smith hitting Chris Rock at the 2022 Academy Awards, telling The Hollywood Reporter that the comic “saved Hollywood” with his peaceful response. Recently, Chris’s mom also spoke about this incident.
The television presenter said he could connect to both Smith and Rock at that moment on the Oscars stage on March 27 when Smith slapped Rock after the comic made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith‘s bald head, according to an interview with THR’s Lexy Perez published Friday (Pinkett Smith has alopecia). However, Will apologized to Chris for slapping him.
Smith, who won the best actor at the ceremony, has publicly apologized to Rock and has been barred from attending the Oscars for the next ten years. Rock has stated that he will not speak about the confrontation until compensated.
“When I look back on what Chris did, by just opting to hold things together, I believe it saved Hollywood in a lot of ways,” Crews, 53, told THR. “Because I’m not sure whether Hollywood would have ever gained any respect again if there had been a brawl on that platform, you know? It’s difficult to think what may have occurred.”
After tweeting in October 2017 that a “high level Hollywood executive” touched his genitals at an industry gathering in 2016, Crews filed a police report alleging sexual assault by a Hollywood executive. According to The Hollywood Reporter, following the charges, WME agent Adam Venit was placed on leave in November 2017. Venit apologized to Crews in March 2018, and in September 2018, he departed from WME after resolving a lawsuit launched by Crews against him and the agency.
The former American football linebacker told THR to learn to regulate his impulses, “saved” his life and redefined what it meant to be “tough.” “The capacity to strike, the ability to punch, the ability to make things straight, to level the score was always the definition of toughness where I grew up and the way I was,” Crews said.
“But what Chris accomplished in taking a punch and then holding everything together and then displaying amazing endurance and tenacity in the face of adversities was the genuine measure of toughness, ” the actor added.
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