Jim Carrey is the latest celebrity to come under fire after weighing in on Will Smith’s assault on Chris Rock during the Academy Awards on Sunday evening.
The actor, now 60, furiously criticized the celebrity audience at the Oscars for giving Smith a standing ovation following his Best Actor win, just minutes after he slapped Rock on-stage in response to a joke the comedian made about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s alopecia.
Carrey, who announced on Thursday night that he is ‘probably retiring’, claimed he was ‘sickened’ by the round of applause for Will and insists he should have been escorted out – however fans have been quick to slam him as a ‘hypocrite’ while bringing back to light a video of him ‘sexually assaulting’ a then-20-year-old Alicia Silverstone at the 1997 MTV Movie Awards.
Resurfaced footage from the awards ceremony shows a then-35-year-old Carrey walking up to the stage to collect an award from Silverstone, only to grab her by the head and ‘forcibly’ pull her into a kiss while she tried to push him off her.
During the same 1997 ceremony, Carrey was also seen trying to kiss Smith after he was announced as the winner of the award for Best Kiss. As Smith, who was 28 at the time, prepared to make his way up on-stage, Carrey was seen grabbing him by the neck and sticking his tongue out towards his face, while the actor tried to shove him away.
Social media: Jim Carrey is the latest celebrity to come under fire after weighing in on Will Smith assaulting Chris Rock during the Academy Awards on Sunday evening
The two resurfaced clips are now doing the rounds on Twitter, as online users brand Carrey a ‘hypocrite’ for condemning Smith’s actions, despite having himself ‘assaulted’ both the actor and Silverstone during the 1997 event.
‘It’s amazing that Jim Carrey sexually assaulted Alicia Silverstone by physically forcing her to kiss him on national TV, when she was , and it had literally no impact on his career whatsoever,’ one person wrote, while sharing images of Carrey grabbing Silverstone and Smith during the awards show.
‘He’s such a complete piece of s*** on so many levels.’
Another added: ‘[Carrey] forcibly kissed Alicia Silverstone AND also tried to do the same thing to Will Smith. Regardless of age or age gaps, what Jim Carrey did was ASSAULT. He’s scum and he had no business forcing himself on people.’
‘Jim Carrey tried to French kiss Will Smith at the MTV movie awards and he kissed Alicia Silverstone without her consent at the same award show,’ one Twitter user chimed in.
‘So he assaulted two people in one night and nobody said a word. He should be minding his own business.’
The bitter backlash comes after Carrey slammed the A-list audience at the Oscars for applauding Smith’s Best Actor win – which came shortly after he stormed onto the stage to slap Rock across the face, before yelling at him twice to ‘keep my wife’s name out your f***ing mouth’.
Hitting out: The comedian, 60, criticized Hollywood for giving Smith a standing ovation when he won Best Actor, minutes after slapping Rock on-stage
Carrey told CBS’ Gayle King that he was ‘sickened’ by the standing ovation, adding that he ‘felt like Hollywood is just spineless en masse’
During an interview with CBS’ Gayle King on Monday morning, hours after the Oscars aired, Carrey branded Hollywood as ‘spineless’ for giving Smith a standing ovation.
‘I was sickened by the standing ovation,’ he said. ‘Hollywood is just spineless en masse and it really felt like this is a really clear indication that we aren’t the cool club anymore.’
Benedict Cumberbatch, a fellow Best Actor nominee, as well as Best Director nominee Paul Thomas Anderson and actress Maya Rudolph were some of the stars who stood for Smith’s win. Venus and Serena Williams, whose father was portrayed by Smith in King Richard, also stood.
Carrey added that if he was in Rock’s position, he would pursue a lawsuit against Smith, saying: ‘I’d have announced this morning that I was suing Will for $200 million because that video is going to be there forever, it’s going to be ubiquitous.
‘That insult is gonna last a very long time. If you want to yell from the audience and show disapproval or say something on Twitter [that’s fine]. But you do not have the right to walk up on stage and smack somebody in the face because they said words.’
Carrey concluded: ‘[The slap] came out of nowhere because Will has something going on inside him that’s frustrated. I wish him the best. I have nothing against Will Smith. He’s done great things, but that was not a good moment. It cast a shadow over everyone’s shining moment last night… It was a selfish moment.’
However, following the CBS interview, Carrey found himself coming under furious fire on social media, where users were quick to dredge up his own unpleasant awards show behavior.
Shocked: Following Carrey’s interview, many people reacted by reminding him of the moment he forcibly kissed Silverstone and attempted to kiss Smith
Backing off: A third shared a meme of Homer Simpson backing into a hedge, and wrote: ‘Jim Carrey being reminded of his forcible kiss on then 19-year-old Alicia Silverstone’
Responding to the comedian’s comments, one person wrote: ‘In that case, Jim Carrey should be jailed for sexually assaulting a teenaged Alicia Silverstone on stage at the 1997 MTV Awards, and then also trying to sexually assault Will Smith at the same awards show.’
A third shared a meme of Homer Simpson backing into a hedge, and wrote: ‘Jim Carrey being reminded of his forcible kiss on then 19-year-old Alicia Silverstone.’
Another added: ‘Jim Carrey… the guy who kissed a 19-year old Alicia Silverstone without her content… that Jim Carrey?’
One person tweeted directly at Carrey, asking: ‘Didn’t you sexually assault Alicia Silverstone?’
Can’t believe it: Everyone was saying the same thing regarding Jim’s comments
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is holding an emergency board meeting to discuss disciplinary action against the star for slapping Rock.
The Academy, which condemned Smith’s actions, said it was reviewing the episode but the inquiry is expected to take a few weeks, sources familiar with the matter said.
Although Carrey has yet to publicly comment on the backlash over the resurfaced 1997 videos, he made the shock announcement on Thursday night that he is ‘probably’ going to ‘retire’ after the release of his latest movie, Sonic the Hedgehog 2.
Speaking to Access Hollywood about the upcoming film, said that he ‘feels like… he has done enough’ in his career, adding that he wants to focus on his ‘quiet life’.
His admission came after interviewer Kit Hoover mentioned that Dolly Parton wants Carrey to play her ‘music partner’ Porter Wagoner in a biopic about her life.
‘Well I love Dolly Parton,’ he said, before adding: ‘Well I’m retiring… yeah probably. I’m being fairly serious.
‘It depends, if the angels bring some sort of script that’s written in gold ink that says to me that it’s going to be really important for people to see, I might continue down the road, but I’m taking a break.
‘I really like my quiet life and I really love putting paint on canvas and I really love my spiritual life. I feel like – and this is something you might never hear another celebrity say as long as time exists – I have enough. I’ve done enough. I am enough.’
The furious controversy surrounding Carrey comes after The View host Whoopi Goldberg, who is also a member of the Academy, said she believes Smith will be able to keep his Oscar following the controversy but that will still face some form of punishment for the on-stage assault.
‘There are consequences,’ Goldberg said. ‘There are big consequences because nobody is OK with what happened. Nobody, nobody, nobody.’
Speaking out: It comes after View host Whoopi Goldberg, who is also a member of the Academy, said she believes Smith will be able to keep his Oscar
Goldberg defended Smith during her talk show on Monday, saying ‘sometimes you behave badly’ and adding that she believes he ‘snapped.’
If the group determines Smith violated its standards of conduct, members could expel the actor from the organization, revoke his Oscar, or make him ineligible for future awards.
Meanwhile wife Jada Pinkett Smith, 50, finally broke her silence on Tuesday with an Instagram post that read, ‘This is a season for healing and I’m here for it.’
On Monday afternoon, Smith released a public apology to both Rock and the Academy, saying his behavior was ‘unacceptable and inexcusable’ and left him ’embarrassed’.
Breaking her silence: Meanwhile wife Jada Pinkett Smith, 50, finally broke her silence on Tuesday with an Instagram post that read, ‘This is a season for healing and I’m here for it’
‘This is a season for healing and I’m here for it,’ the actress posted to Instagram Tuesday, two days after the incident that stunned millions of viewers
Earlier this week, Zoe Kravitz’s condemnation of Will also backfired as fans flocked to Twitter to slam the star for a historic comment about the actor’s son Jaden.
Taking aim at Will following the attack, Zoe, 33, captioned an Instagram picture of her awards dress: ‘Here’s my dress at the show where we are apparently assaulting people on stage now.’
However Twitter was quick to remind Zoe of her own murky past and brought up creepy comments she had previously made about the King Richard actor’s son, now 23, when they starred in After Earth together when he was aged 14 and she was aged 24.
When asked about Jaden during an interview with V Magazine for their June 2013 issue, Zoe said: ‘There were moments that I was hanging out with Jaden and thinking, I can’t believe you’re 14, I have to check myself, like what I say to you.’
‘He has so much personality and so much swag, he is so much cooler than I am. And he’s so handsome, I was always like, when you’re older, you know, we’ll hang out…Nope, that’s inappropriate, you’re 14.’
Awkward: Earlier this week, Zoe Kravitz ‘s condemnation of Will also backfired as fans flocked to Twitter to slam the star for a historic comment about the actor’s son Jaden
Problematic: However Twitter was quick to remind Zoe of her own murky past and brought up creepy comments she had previously made about the King Richard actor’s son, now 23, when they starred in After Earth together aged 14 (pictured at the time)
Hitting out: Zoe, 33, captioned an Instagram picture of her awards dress: ‘Here’s my dress at the the show where we are apparently assaulting people on stage now’
Online users were horrified by the inappropriate remarks and branded Zoe a ‘hypocrite’ as they suggested she was in no position to criticize the screen star.
Another person said: ‘I love Twitter for exposing these f-ing hypocrites like Jim Carret, Judd Apatow, Zoe Kravitz.
‘They want to judge Will Smith (a man who’s been a class act for 30 years) for one mistake, as if they haven’t done worse. Get them all.’
With one person saying: ‘Zoe Kravitz is also not having a good day. They really should just not even comment. Nobody is perfect. Did they really think their own dirt wouldn’t be brought out too?
‘Hollywood is full of hypocrites and narcissits.’
One person said: ‘We’re looking at Zoe Kravitz for being weird with a 14 year-old boy.’
A second person added: ‘No way am I seeing Zoe Kravitz thirsting over 14 year-old Jaden Smith…’
Another said: ‘Zoe Kravitz liking a 14-year-old… very interesting.’
One other commented on how quickly she has been cancelled, writing: ‘Zoe Kravitz has the quickest rise and fall on this app lol.’
One other said: ‘Nothing will ever beat how quickly the internet will switch up on someone. Yesterday Zoe Kravitz was the sexiest woman ever and today she has to beat predator allegations.’
A different person joked: ‘Zoe Kravitz just mad at Will Smith for telling he to stay away from his son that’s why she said all that.’
Another person brought up the fact that she refused to work for Essence – which has a black readership – because it wasn’t ‘her audience’.
The Twitter user claimed: ‘Zoe Kravitz is funny. Will never forgetting working at essence and us trying to book her for interviews/covers/events etc and her team declining bcuz we “aren’t her audience”.
Zoe also previously said of her After Earth co-star Will that he was ‘sweet’ and ‘down to earth’ after starring in the film with the Fresh Prince of Bel Air actor.
Speaking out: Zoe also previously said of her After Earth co-star Will that he was ‘sweet’ and ‘down to earth’ after starring in the film with the Fresh Prince of Bel Air actor
Reaction: Online users were horrified by the inappropriate remarks and branded Zoe a ‘hypocrite’ as they suggested she was in no position to criticise the screen star
One other commented on how quickly she has been cancelled, writing: ‘Zoe Kravitz has the quickest rise and fall on this app lol’
She told Elle in 2013: ‘He’s one of the kindest people I’ve ever met. Watching him and Jaden together, it was cool to see so much love in their father-son dynamic. He’s a superstar but he’s the sweetest, most normal, down-to-earth person ever.’
Zoe and Jaden, then 15, were seen walking the red carpet at the Divergent premiere together in 2015.
While the two haven’t really been linked since, their families appear to have stayed close, as Will shared a snap of his daughter Willow braiding Zoe’s hair.
He wrote: ‘Something about this pic gets me every time! Willow Smith braiding Zoe’s hair. Lenny Kravitz took this shot in Paris. The sisterly love is on [100 emoji].
Breakout role: Jaden Smith and Will Smith pictured together in After Earth
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