Outspoken TV presenter Piers Morgan has blasted Hollywood’s ‘nauseating’ hypocrisy over Will Smith’s slap to Chris Rock at the Oscars.
The former Good Morning Britain’s presenter Piers Morgan has called out Hollywood over the negative reaction to Will Smith’ s Oscar slap.
Will Smith has been facing backlash since he walked up on stage and slapped Chris Rock across the face for making a joke about the actor’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head.
The actor has apologised to the comedian and even resigned from the Academy.
Morgan was furious over the backlash Smith received despite Hollywood having a longstanding reputation for rewarding those who have broken the law – e.g. Roman Polanski.
“You don’t have to condone the violence, which I don’t, to understand why he suddenly lost his head when he thought (wrongly) that Rock was deliberately taunting the woman he loves over her distressing alopecia hair loss condition,” Morgan wrote.
Although he showed ‘genuine regret’, Morgan claims his peer group are ‘howling for him to be professionally burned at the stake’.
“And frankly, there is nothing more nauseating than watching Hollywood now work itself into a lather of plastic offence when you consider how its immediate reaction to what happened was to hand Smith the Best Oscar award half an hour later and give him a noisy Polanski-like standing ovation,” he continued for New York Post.
In his opinion piece, Morgan reminded people of director Roman Polanski, as well as many other disgraced stars. In 1977, then 44-year-old Polanski was arrested for the sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl.