“I could make an argument that we’re all under a lot of pressure and a lot of emotion — and I understand a lot of the emotion that goes through it, but that was out of line and re-enforced the idea that jokes are the enemy.”
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He continued, “It was more like an encapsulated cancel culture, because at first you saw he was laughing at the joke, right? That’s what happens a lot with canceling things. At first: ‘Oh, that’s funny.’ And then you look around: ‘Wait, supposedly’ to feel offended.” And then there is [subsequent] exaggeration. It was like a Twitter mob coming alive.”
He then praised comedian Chris Rock for not reacting in kind and refocusing on the show.
“Chris Rock is the champ here,” he said.
Maher isn’t the only comedian who has publicly spoken to Smith slapping Rock over a joke. Jim Carrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Howard Stern, and Kathy Griffin have it all It was a focaI’m about their concerns the past two days.
Smith, for his part, I apologize today Saying, among other things, “I’d like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong.”