Katherine Ryan leads stars slamming Will Smith as Jim Carrey says he ‘should have been’ arrested

Katherine Ryan has led celebrities speaking out against Will Smith after he slapped Chris Rock in the face at the 2022 Oscars.

The 53 year old I Am Legend actor was left offended when the comedian made a quip about his 50 year old wife Jada's shaved head.

He reacted by walking on stage and slapping Chris before returning to his seat to warn the 57 year old: "Keep my wife's name out of your f****** mouth."

While Will has since apologised, the shocking moment sent Hollywood and the world into a frenzy as many have waded in on what took place, including comedian Katherine, 38, who took to her Instagram stories to share her thoughts.

One fan had commented on the incident, saying: "I don't condone what he did, violence is never the answer but just because Chris is a 'comedian', it means Will has to sit and watch his wife be insulted? Chris shouldn't have said it, Will shouldn't have hit him."

To which Katherine hit back: "Yes, he has to sit and watch his wife be insulted, yes that's the point of the celeb monologue. Can't take a joke, stay home."

Meanwhile a second fan shared that the "politicisation and policing of black hair has been rife for centuries, and is so complex and nuanced – Rock's derogatory comment was well below the belt and incredibly harmful".

Not backing down, Katherine replied: "Yes I know and maybe you don't know that Chris Rock made an entire documentary called Good Hair advocating for black women".

Katherine wasn't the only one to hit out at Will's actions as Jim Carrey, 60, spoke out during an interview on 29 March on CBS This Morning as he said: "I was sickened by the standing ovation. 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."

Gayle King, host of the programme, then said: "If anyone else had walked from the audience and done that, they would’ve been escorted out by security or maybe even arrested."

Jim then interrupted her to add: “He should have been.”

He went on: "I would have announced this morning that I was suing Will for $200m (£152m) because that video is going to be there forever. If you want to yell from the audience and show disapproval or say something on Twitter, you do not have the right to walk up on stage and smack somebody in the face ‘cos they said words.”

Gayle then suggested the situation "escalated" to which Jim replied: "It didn’t escalate, it came out of nowhere because Will has something going on inside him that’s frustrated. I don’t have anything against Will Smith. He’s done great things. But that was not a good moment. It cast a pall over everybody’s shining moment."

Meanwhile Batman star Zoë Kravitz, 33, also appeared to take aim at Will as she shared a photo of herself dressed in an incredible white tight floor-length gown, which she wore to the Oscars after-party.

She then captioned it: "and here is a picture of my dress at the party after the award show -where we are apparently screaming profanities and assaulting people on stage now."

Fellow comedian and actor David Spade later took to his Twitter feed to repost a fan's reaction to an NBC article, over which they had written: "Why would you phrase this as ‘a GI Jane joke?’ instead of ‘a joke about a woman with alopecia’?" with a thinking emoji.

David, 57, hit back: "Because comedians don’t have a medical chart for everyone in the audience.”

He also told Page Six on the red carpet of the Vanity Fair Oscars party that Will's outburst "set a dangerous precedent."

Yet another comedian, Ricky Gervais, 60, also seemingly took aim at the attack on stage as he reposted a clip shared on the official David Brent account. His character could be heard saying: “Particularly for his wife. And she’s got alopecia. So… not a happy homelife.”

Actor Laurence Fox, 43, who is known for his role in drama series Lewis, spoke out on GB News as he said: "It's called a joke. He should have been in jail that night.This man has stood up and he's gone and punched another person in the face.

"He should have gone to jail he should be charged with assault."

He later admitted: "I think if someone had said something that upset me or my partner I would have gone and knocked them out behind the bike sheds."

Several news presenters in the UK also voiced their opinions, including This Morning's Holly Willoughby, 41, as she said: "Although there is no defence for raising a hand to someone, we want to know if you can perhaps understand how Will Smith was driven to his extreme actions last night.”

She then turned to co-host Phillip Schofield, 59, going off script and speaking from the heart about her views on the situation.

Holly said: “It’s so difficult isn’t it? As even as you’re saying, 'driven to it', can you ever be driven to violence? That’s why we’re talking about it.”

She then added: “It’s so, it’s very… it’s inexcusable really.”

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