Jim GaffiganAfter tweeting his views on the physical altercation between them, he received swift backlash Chris Rock Will Smithat the Oscars Ceremony. Although Gaffigan deleted the tweet, Twitter users still slam Gaffigan for his comments.
Gaffigan compares Smith to Donald Trump in Since-Deleted Tweet
Rock made a joke about Jada pinkett-Smith during the presentation of an award. Smith then took to the stage and laughed at Rock. Smith told Rock to “keep my wife’s name out your f*cking mouth.”
Many comedians came to Rock’s defense, saying that Smith shouldn’t have taken the joke so seriously and that attacking him was completely uncalled for. Gaffigan also tweeted in support. “I’m still disgusted. We don’t deserve the brilliance of @chrisrock. ‘When you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything,’ – Donald Trump and Will Smith.”
His tweet was a reference to a comment former President Trump made during a 2005 conversation. Access HollywoodBilly Bush talks about women. Gaffigan’s tweet quickly went viral, as Twitter users slammed the comedian for comparing the two situations.
Twitter’s Reaction To The Comedian’s Tweet
“Wow. What a brave and idiotic comparision,”One person tweeted. One person tweeted, “a guy getting slapped for making fun of a woman’s autoimmune disorder is not sexual violence.”Gaffigan quickly deleted the tweet, and clarified his comments.
“Okay bad comparison on my part,”He tweeted. “I was trying to make a point but it doesn’t matter. FYI, i didn’t think the joke was brilliant. I said Chris Rock is brilliant. I still do and we don’t deserve his brilliance. Please continue to defend physical assault. It says so much.”
While many disagreed with Gaffigan’s comparison, there were some that agreed with the sentiment he was trying to convey. “I’m with you Jim,”One person replied. “There is no justification for assault.”
A different person wrote “I’m truly fearful for comedy’s future if anyone in the audience is allowed to walk up and strike a performer over their perceived insolence. This sets a very dangerous precedence [sic] going forward.”
Other Comedians Come To Rock’s Defense
Gaffigan isn’t the only stand-up comedian to come out in support of Rock after the incident. Twitter backlash against Kathy Griffin, comedian, also a target, was expressed by her tweet. “Let me tell you something, it’s a very bad practice to walk up on stage and physically assault a Comedian. Now we all have to worry about who wants to be the next Will Smith in comedy clubs and theaters.”
Neither Smith nor Rock have made any public comments on the altercation, but it’s definitely all anyone will be talking about for the next few weeks as people discuss all sides of the situation.
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