Rock declared that the Smiths, as well as Black director Spike Lee “went mad” over the issue as there were no Black acting nominees that year.
“Jada boycotting the Oscars is like me boycotting Rihanna’s panties,” Rock said during his opening monologue. “I wasn’t invited.”
Rock went on to joke that he understood Pinkett Smith’s anger.
“Jada’s mad her man Will was not nominated for ‘Concussion.'” Rock said in reference to the 2015 football film Will Smith starred in. “I get it. It’s not fair that Will was this good and didn’t get nominated. It’s also not fair that Will was paid $20 million for [the 1999 film] ‘Wild Wild West.'”
Pinkett Smith commented on the jokes days later when asked about them by paparazzi.
“Hey look, it comes with the territory, we gotta keep it moving,” she said. “We got a lot of stuff we gotta handle, a lot of stuff going on in our world right now. We gotta keep it moving.”
Smith and Rock’s relationship goes back to the 1990s. Rock guest starred on Smith’s hit series “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” where he played a character named Maurice and Maurice’s sister Jasmine.
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