Will Smith’s slap is described by Steve Harvey as a “punk move”: “I Have Lost A Great Deal Of Respect For Him”
Will Smith and Chris Rock’s slapping altercation at the Oscars has dominated pop culture for two months, and comedians are still letting Smith have it. After the notorious Academy Awards incident, comedians came forward to express their displeasure with Smith’s actions, and while much of that talk has died down in the previous two months, Steve Harvey is reigniting it.
According to sources, Harvey recently lectured at Georgia State University about a variety of topics, including the altercation between Smith and Rock. Harvey mentioned being a religious man, but he wondered if he would have been as passive as Rock.
“I’m a Christian, but I’m really undeveloped. I don’t have high-level Christianity,” said Harvey. “On a scale of one to 10, I’m like a two. That’s the level of Christianity I can work on. You slap T.D. Jakes, he’ll turn the other cheek. You slap me? If you sit back in your seat, Jada would have to move out of the way. That’s the type of Christian I am.”
Since the incident, Smith’s reputation has suffered, and several projects involving the actor have been postponed or canceled. Harvey also told the GSU audience that Smith’s slap was only done because Rock was on stage. He also allegedly said Smith made a “punk move” before declaring that he “lost a lot of respect” for the Oscar winner.
Over a month after he was slapped by Will Smith, Chris Rock is opening up and joking about the situation, claiming he was smacked by one of the most docile MCs in rap history.
On Thursday night (May 5), Dave Chappelle returned to the stage for the first time since being attacked onstage at the Netflix Is Joke comedy festival by a person police have identified as 23-year-old Isiah Lee. According to TMZ, Dave was joined on the stage by Chris and both comedians joked about recently being attacked.
“At least you got smacked by someone of repute,” Dave reportedly told Chris. “I got smacked by a homeless guy with leaves in his hair.”
Chris reportedly responded, “I got smacked by the softest man that ever rapped.”
This is the second time in as many days that Chris has joked about the Will Smith slap. Chris was present at the Hollywood Bowl when Dave Chappelle was attacked toward the end of his set by Lee, who was reportedly brandishing a replica gun with a knife attached to it. During the aftermath of the situation, after Lee had been pummeled by security and dragged out of the venue, Chris made his way onstage and grabbed the mic from Dave.
“Is that Will Smith,” Chris jokingly questioned.
Dave Chappelle’s attack has had the internet going nuts. Lee was initially arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon. The charges were later lessened to misdemeanor counts including possession of a weapon with intent to assault.
According to TMZ, Dave spoke with Lee after the attack to try and obtain a motive. Lee reportedly told the comedian the stunt was done to get attention for Lee’s grandmother who is being forced out of her home due to gentrification