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Sunny Hostin Says Will Smith Put on a ‘Show of Toxic Masculinity’ at The Oscars

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The View hosts have chimed in on Will Smith’s incident with Chris Rock at the Oscars, and they are all siding with Rock…

This year’s Oscars is all anyone’s been talking about…

And for good reason… Will Smith lost it at Chris Rock after he made a joke about his wife…

It’s been the talk of the entire event.

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And now, talkshow, The View, has responded to the infamous clip.

Awards season is in full swing.

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And the highly anticipated Oscars has rolled around once again.

This year, at the 94th Academy Awards ceremony, the biggest names in the industry are hitting the red carpet…

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And they look as fabulous as ever.

As we know, the show has been without a host for the last 3 years, due to the pandemic…

And it seems as though they’re making up for that by having 3 hosts this year, with Amy Schumer, Wanda Sykes, and Regina Hall taking the stage.

Making it the first Oscars in over a decade with multiple hosts…

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And first ever to be hosted by 3 women.

We love to see it!

And women are conquering other areas too…

We all remember when Nomadland Chloé Zhao made history last year, when she won Best Picture and Best Director, becoming the second-ever woman and first of color to win in this category.

Well it looks like she’s paved the way for more female directors this year…

Jane Campion, who directed Netflix’s The Power Of The Dog, is the first woman to be nominated twice!

Long-standing gender boundaries are continuing to be broken each year…

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Although it did take nearly fifty years for the Oscars to even comprehend nominating a woman for Best Director.

And shockingly, the first to win was Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker in 2021…

Only 2 women have won so far, with just 7 being nominated overall.

And we still have a long way to go…

Winning Best Picture at the BAFTA’s and picking up the Best Cinamatography gong at the Oscars, don’t miss WW1 epic 1917, with screenings starting on Friday at 7.30pm. https://t.co/5RWRFtJZu6 pic.twitter.com/XLOfN9ikK0

— Junction Goole (@junction_goole) February 12, 2020

Only 3 movies directed by women have ever won the awards for Best International Film. And the first time a woman was nominated for Best Cinematography wasn’t until 2017, and none have won that award yet.

But thanks to Jane Campion, the streaming service Netflix is rubbing shoulders with Hollywood studios…

Who has taken the Academy’s prize for Best Picture for over 90 years.

Many questioned whether this would be the year that the Best Picture was won by a streaming company.

Netflix received a whopping twenty-seven Oscar nominations, including The Power Of The Dog, and Don’t Look Up for Best Picture.

Sign language has also stepped into the spotlight this year, with the deaf community finally being represented on the big screen…

Eternals and A Quiet Place Part II, are 2 of the top-grossing movies of 2021, in which sign language is featured by the main characters.

Sign language is a huge part of Audible, which was nominated for Best Short Subject Documentary.

“I think our initial goal was to really show that deaf people are pretty much like everybody else,” Executive Producer Nyle DiMarco said. “We have the same issues. We’re all just trying to figure ourselves out.”

Best Picture nominees, CODA and Drive My Car, also bring sign language to the forefront.

“It was just a natural conclusion for the director. It wasn’t being aware of inclusion or diversity; just someone who uses sign language as their natural first language,” said the producer of Drive My Car, Teruhisa Yamamoto.

Sadly, the discussion of diversity comes to a holt, as just 4 actors of color have been nominated in this year’s lineup.

Ariana DeBose, Aunjanue Ellis, Will Smith, and Denzel Washington have been nominated, which is a lot less than last year, which saw 9 actors of color nominated for their performances.

This year, Washington is once again the most-nominated Black actor at the event, with a total of 10 nominations and 2 wins…

This time for The Tragedy of Macbeth.

Will Smith was nominated for best actor for the third time, and got his first nomination as a producer for King Richard.

First-timer, Aunjanue Ellis represented the sports drama as a supporting actress, with the movie gaining 6 nominations.

DeBose the West Side Story star, also became the first Afro-Latina actor and openly queer woman of color ever nominated.

Guillermo Del Toro also represented the Latino community with Nightmare Alley, which was nominated for Best Picture.

Lin-Manuel Miranda was also nominated for the original song Dos Oruguitas from Encanto.

And the producer of Encanto, Yvett Merino has become the first-ever Latina nominated in the animated feature category.

But that’s not all people are talking about…

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Because Will Smith slapped Chris Rock pretty hard.

Rock made a ‘G.I. Jane 2’ joke about Jada, and although Smith initially seemed to laugh it off…

The Full Uncensored video of Will Smith’s altercation with Chris Rock at the #Oscars pic.twitter.com/cGQ3plSEiz

— Movies (@moreoffilms) March 28, 2022

The audience saw him get on stage and hit the comedian.

He later addressed the incident in his Best Actor Award acceptance speech.

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He spoke about being protecting his family in his speech and apologized to the Academy and to his fellow nominees.

“Love will make you do crazy things,” the star noted.

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“I’m being called on in my life to love people and to protect people and to be a river to my people,” he also said in his speech adding that “in this business, you’ve gotta be able to have people disrespecting you.”

Videos have also emerged showing Smith after the confrontation.

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In one video, shared to Twitter by Ramin Setoodeh, Smith can be seen sitting in his seat as he was approached by a woman who is reportedly his publicist.

Setoodeh, the executive editor of Variety, shared the video writing: “Will Smith’s publicist came over and talked to him at the last commercial. There was also someone standing next to Jada.”

Will Smith’s publicist came over and talked to him at the last commercial. There was also someone standing next to Jada. #Oscars pic.twitter.com/fWrtkOtd1x

— Ramin Setoodeh (@RaminSetoodeh) March 28, 2022

Footage has also showed Smith being approached by several fellow celebs.

Scott Feinber, The Hollywood Reporter’s awards columnist, shared a video to Twitter showing Smith being pulled aside by Denzel Washington and Tyler Perry.

During the commercial break, Will Smith is pulled aside and comforted by Denzel Washington and Tyler Perry, who motion for him to brush it off. Will appears to wipe tears from his eyes as he sits back down with Jada, with Denzel comforting Jada and Will’s rep by his side. pic.twitter.com/uDGVnWrSS2

— Scott Feinberg (@ScottFeinberg) March 28, 2022

Feinber wrote in his tweet that during the commercials, Smith was “pulled aside and comforted by Denzel Washington and Tyler Perry, who motion for him to brush it off.”

“Will appears to wipe tears from his eyes as he sits back down with Jada, with Denzel comforting Jada and Will’s rep by his side.”

The hosts of The View are the latest to share their thoughts on the slap…

I know Whoopi is not doing the whole maybe Will Smith was just having a bad day defense? What the other ladies said was right. There are zero reasons for violence and what Will did was disgusting and stole beautiful moments away from nominees who deserved them. #TheView

— Nicolette NuVogue (@NikkiNuVogue) March 28, 2022

Hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin, and guest host Ana Navarro all criticized Will Smith for his apparent “show of toxic masculinity.”

Behar said: “I was thinking comedians are in danger everywhere,” she said, adding that a “more appropriate response” would have been for Will to leave.

I gotta side with Sunny and Joy. Chris deserved an apology and the hypocrite Smith was way out of line.

— Poptic Nerve (@PopticNerve) March 28, 2022

She said to “hit somebody was shocking, quite frankly.” Navarro interjected, saying that the joke was “in very poor taste,” but “nothing, nothing, nada, zero, condones violence in this form.”

Hostin said that she was both “embarrassed” for Will and “horrified” for Chris…

Regardless of how you see Will Smith’s actions he took away from everybody else’s joy and winnings. #TheView

— suzan189 (@suzan189) March 28, 2022

“I mean, Will apologized to the Academy, and he apologized to his colleagues and the other nominees, but he didn’t apologize to Chris Rock,” she shared. “And I thought Chris was the one that deserved an apology, for taking the high road. He was slapped in front of millions of people, internationally, and he took the high road in his response.”

Hostin then added that she thought Will was displaying “Toxic Masculinity.”

I agree with Sunny on this one. 100%…. And I also think the #AcademyAwards2022 folks need to address this with strong action. It was assault committed on their stage for all to see, for goodness sake!

— A Bermudian’s View (@abermudiansview) March 28, 2022

“When you live publicly, you don’t have the right to execute violence,” she explained. “And I have to say that was a show of toxic masculinity… you don’t act out in violence. That was not a show of love, that’s a show of violence.”

You can watch the whole clip below…

WILL SMITH ASSAULTS CHRIS ROCK OVER JOKE: History was made at Sunday’s Academy Awards, but #TheView co-hosts weigh in on the altercation everyone is talking about and discuss if it overshadowed the moments that should have been celebrated. https://t.co/Ah9MDZwvCD #Oscars pic.twitter.com/kNMoxwHKeh

— The View (@TheView) March 28, 2022

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