Actor Tichina Arnold, who starred alongside comedian Chris Rock Everyone hates Chris said “You’ll understand if you hurt someone else’s feelings” when asked about Rock’s Academy Awards and the now infamous slap Will Smith delivered on stage.
During Rock’s Oscars monologue, he joked about Smith’s wife’s shaved head, which is actually a result of alopecia, a condition Jada Pinkett Smith has struggled with in the past.
Smith left his seat in the audience and walked straight up to Rock and punched him in the face before returning to his seat. Smith was banned from attending any future Academy Awards for ten years.
Smith later released an apology video that Rock discussed in his recent standup performances, labeling it a “hostage video.”
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Arnold, who knows rock well and respects it, said comics usually know when they’ve taken the joke too far. “I think if you’re human, if you hurt someone’s feelings, you’ll understand,” she said on the Behind the velvet rope with David Yontef podcast.
“Or you know you’re going too far,” she continued. “Comedy because I love comedy so much, when it’s funny it’s funny. If not, it isn’t. But that’s relative, because we don’t all find the same things funny. But one of the reasons I never got into standup is because I’m a comedic actress. But when I was watching all the greats, I went to Dave Chappelle, Eddie Griffin, you know, Chris Rock. I like going to the comedy clubs and watching because it’s a fearless pursuit.”
Tichina Arnold says she’s more mindful of her business and thinking about the Oscars slap
Arnold said comedians should be able to talk about their lives and experiences. But sometimes people don’t like what you have to say.
“But it’s a way to use laughter to express how you feel about life and tell your story about what you’ve been through. And it’s not easy,” she noted. “So you have a lot of people who can make certain decisions, people might like it, people might not.”
That’s why Arnold prefers to deliver her comedy through acting. “But I tend to mind my own business. I have your business to attend to. People go through what they go through. If they ask you how you feel about it, you’re expressing yourself,” she claimed. “But otherwise nobody cares. Mind your business. Stay out of other people’s affairs. Yes, I stay out of people.”
Chris Rock discusses Will Smith’s apology video during his performance
Smith’s apology video got Rock thinking about Smith’s delivery and his comments. Along with Dave Chappelle, Rock mused about it during a standup performance last month. “Fuck your hostage video,” Rock told an audience in Liverpool, England, via The Guardian. He added that Smith had been “a perfect man for 30 years” and turned out to be “just as ugly as the rest of us.”
Chappelle wondered if the slap hurt. “Damn right,” Rock said. “The motherf***er hit me for a bull*** joke – the nicest joke I’ve ever told.”
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