- Steve Harvey was a keynote speaker and he was asked what he would have done differently if he was in Chris Rock's shoes after being slapped by Will Smith
- He said he wouldn't have turned the other cheek despite him being a Christian and said that he lost respect for the Gemini Man actor for his action
- Social media users were left with mixed reactions with some asking people to forgive and forget the infamous Oscars slap
US TV host Steve Harvey has reacted to Hollywood veteran Will Smith slapping stand up comedian Chris Rock during this year's Oscars which happened on March 28.
Steve Harvey reacts to Will Smith's Oscars' slap
Harvey revealed that Will's action was a punk move and that he lost respect for the award-winning actor.
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While speaking at a keynote event at Georgia State University, Harvey discussed a variety of topics, however, it’s his comments about the slap seen around the world that made headlines.
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When asked how he would have handled the situation if he were in Rock’s position, Harvey made it clear that he would have been the wrong one to try and that his feelings towards Will have definitely changed since then.
After stating that Will Smith’s actions were a punk move and that he lost a lot of respect for him, Harvey also explained that things would have gone very differently if he was the one who was assaulted.
“I’m a Christian but I’m really undeveloped. I don’t have high-level Christianity. On a scale of 1 to 10, I’m like a 2," he said.
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His interview was reposted on The Shade Room on Instagram which left social media users with mixed reactions with some asking people to move on and let Will be since the incident happened a month ago.
Here are some of the reactions from netizens:
"Why can’t we just move on from this and forgive the man. He made a mistake and defended his wife!"
"Can y’all shut up it’s been about a month."
"Many of us lost respect for you when you cheated on your ex-wife with your current wife."
"But you gotta ask Will first if he cared to have your respect."
"I agree, but I’m tired of seeing this story though."
Will Smith banned from attending Oscars
The Academy banned Will from attending the Oscars for ten years for slapping the standup comedian.
Smith later responded via the statement and said he accepted and respected the Academy's decision.
This means the Men In Black actor will not be presented next year to issue the best male actor award as it's always the academy's tradition.