Celebrity News March 29, 2022
Raven-Symoné’s Hilarious Reaction to Will Smith & Chris Rock Oscar Incident
At the Elton John AIDS Foundation Party, Raven-Symoné and her wife Miranda Maday shared their two cents on the infamous Will Smith and Chris Rock moment at the 2022 Academy Awards!
On Sunday night, Will went onstage and slapped Chris, who had poked fun at Jada Pinkett Smith’s bald head, saying he was looking forward to “G.I Jane 2.”
When asked to weigh in, Raven-Symoné told “Extra’s” Katie Krause with a laugh, “‘[Ali]’ was a great movie.”
Raven-Symoné was referencing the 2001 film in which Smith played famed boxer Muhammad Ali.
In happier news, Raven-Symoné and Miranda are about to celebrate their two-year wedding anniversary!
As for what she loves about their relationship, Raven-Symoné said, “I love the fact that we can cry in front of each other and it’s not super awkward like you do when you’re dating. You don’t want somebody to, like, see your vulnerable side, but we do now.”
Miranda added, “I would say… growing together, learning, kind of navigating, you know, life, which is hard sometimes and complicated most times. Having a party to do it with is awesome.”
As for their “amazing” date night, Raven-Symoné noted, “That’s one of the things we talked about in the car. We’re like, ‘Oh, my God, are we in the car going somewhere right now? Are we dressed up?’”
Miranda also praised Elton John and his husband David Furnish for hosting the show and raising millions for AIDS. She said, “I have always been such a huge Elton John fan, and just to see that he’s using his power and position for good… it’s inspiring.”
Raven-Symoné chimed in, saying, “It makes me want to go home and do something more.”
Katie also spoke to other big names about the Oscars smackdown between Smith and Rock.
Kyle Richards was sitting next to Will Smith’s ex-wife Sheree Zampino at the 2022 Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar Party.
Kyle told Katie that Sheree “skedaddled” after the shocking moment, adding, “She left. She’s hanging out with him with the family tonight.”
Did Sheree have any facial reaction to the moment? Kyle answered, “No, we were honestly just so shocked.”
Richards was “confused” and thought the moment was fake at first. She admitted, “It was a little disappointing, to be honest, because I wanted him to just, like, win and, like, walk away and be proud.”
While Kyle called Will “amazing” in the movie, she emphasized, “It’s a little disappointing, like, you’re nominated for an Oscar, just take it, be proud… Don’t taint it by adding that into the mix.”
Kate also spoke with Jeremy Piven, who is friends with Chris.
Piven said, “If you remember, Chris hosted the Oscars and brilliantly… I just remember it was just kind of like better than anyone, and Chris is a comic genius that has been doing it for many decades and the premise being that these, indeed, are jokes.”
When asked if comedians should ever worry about needing to censor themselves, Piven answered, “Chris is one of those comics that he and [Dave] Chappelle are the GOATs and they’re like the youngest, oldest comics… They’ve been doing it since they were kids. I think… The contract you set up with the audience is that these are,, indeed jokes and we have to embrace our freedom of speech.”
While Piven hasn’t reached out to his friend Chris, he said, “I can’t wait to talk to him.”
Jane Seymour was also vocal about what happened. She told Katie at the party, "I don't condone violence. I just don't see any reason for it."
Seymour noted that celebrities were "being ridiculed in some way," and even if Will was defending Jada, she didn't approve of his decision to slap Chris.
“Extra’s” Jenn Lahmers caught up with comedian Tiffany Haddish at the Vanity Fair Oscars after-party, where she shared her reaction to Chris’ joke, saying, “When it was happening, I was like… Do you know that, that joke that Chris did? I remember when that movie [‘G.I. Jane’] came out and that was a way to insult a woman… her sexuality, her physique, it was a way to call a woman a homosexual, basically… I remember that in school that they would do that to people.”
“It’s kind of messed up,” Haddish went on.
Perhaps unknown to Rock, Jada has been open about her struggle with alopecia.