Bethenny Frankel has her say on Will Smith & Chris Rock

Bethenny Frankel


Bethenny Frankel attends the 71st Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

Everyone online has shared their opinion on the now infamous Oscars slap, and Bethenny Frankel is the latest Bravo star to share her thoughts on the Chris Rock and Will Smith situation.

The day after the Oscars, Frankel posted a clip on Instagram of her podcast Just B With Bethenny Frankel and captioned the video: “More on the Chris Rock slap…”.

Diving into both sides of the situation in her video, she also wrote in her caption: “Had @willsmith said that @chrisrock’s comment was hurtful and harmful, the impact would have been so much stronger than using violence as a means of instant gratification to use. Actions have consequences.”

She pointed out that Rock’s joke was “distasteful,” but added that he may not have known the full context. She wrote: “As I tell my daughter, you can be right and you can be wrong by taking the wrong actions. This is an interesting subject when used as a cautionary tale.”

Bethenny ended her caption by believing the academy should have stepped in immediately: “Right is right and wrong is wrong no matter how many golden statues and spectators are at stake,” she wrote. She elaborated on her points further in her video, available below.

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Frankel said she wasn’t sure if the joke was prepared, but questioned whether comedians should be able to joke about any subject

frankel started her video saying she’s not sure if Rock’s joke about Jada Pinkett Smith is a “prepared joke” or not, but she would like to know, “because there’s usually writers and a prepared script that comes on Prompt ahead of time .”

She said if it was an impromptu joke, it’s likely Rock wasn’t aware that Pinkett Smith had alopecia, a condition of hair loss, and the joke hadn’t been “vetted.” That being said, Frankel stated that “there’s no reason to shake hands with anyone, and Will Smith should have been escorted immediately afterward and given his award by homing pigeon.”

Frankel then explored the other side of the coin, questioning whether comedians should be able to make jokes on any topic:

It’s interesting that comedians can get away with crazy stuff. Like a comedian, if it’s funny, could just say something nasty about someone with a skin or hair problem, and a non-comedian couldn’t go on stage and do the same.

She concluded by asking if comedians should be able to get a “certificate” that allows them to be derogatory if someone else was canceled for saying the same things. Frankel has since said Twitter that she’s not sure Smith should keep his Best Actor Oscar.

Frankel’s fans were split over her comments, with some agreeing while others criticized the former RHONY star

Some people commented that comedians should be able to crack jokes and not be fired. “It’s a joke… comedians make jokes… and being compared to GI Jane is not offensive,” read one comment. “So comedians are being canceled now?” asked one person.

“Where did you live under a rock?” Someone hit Frankel. “Comedians have been doing this for decades, they make fun of people all the time! Even serious subjects make fun of them, why would that be any different?” Another agreed, “Yes, comedians get a pass for being snappy…they push buttons and boundaries…it’s in the job description.”

Another commented, “All comedians make fun of people… SNL has been on the air since the ’70s. They make fun of our presidents, VPs, celebrities, etc. The academy hired comedians to poke fun at audiences and their films…that’s always done.”

Many people agreed with Frankel’s view that Smith should not have resorted to violence, with one person writing, “Nothing makes laying hands on anyone okay. This is where the conversation should stop. Terrible example.” Several people said he should have been escorted. One person wrote: “Yes he should have been escorted!”

Another person wrote: “Will Smith should have been escorted immediately. Not ok!!!” One reply read: “[There] is no excuse for violence, no matter who the perpetrator is.”

Some people disagreed with Frankel’s take or simply criticized her for making a video about it. “It’s always okay to defend your family,” someone said. Another person slammed Frankel: “So many self righteous people with something to say. Will is human and we all make mistakes. He has the grace to apologize and Chris has declined to press charges. End of the story. Stop using Will Smith as a teachable moment for the whole world.”

“This incident is super complicated,” one shared. “As a white woman, I encourage you to keep a low profile on this conversation…especially if you’re promoting your podcast on the backs of black people.”

CONTINUE READING: Former reality star branded ‘disgusting’ after Bravo performance Bethenny Frankel has her say on Will Smith & Chris Rock

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