Comedians and their jokes continue to be a hot topic.
In a recent appearance on the radio show Ebro in the Morning, comedian Bill Bellamy spoke about the fine line that jokes often tiptoe over. With the controversial encounter Will Smith and Chris Rock at the Oscars that year, Bellamy said it’s not always easy for a comedian to know when to cross the offensive line.
“You know, you never know where the line is, but you play it, don’t you?” Bellamy told the hosts. In March, Rock made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s new bald look during the live broadcast of the awards show. The joke didn’t sit well with the Red Table Talk host, and as a result, her husband literally took matters into his own hands to deal with the offbeat joke. As Rock stood on stage preparing to announce the winner for Best Documentary, Smith angrily approached him and slapped the comedian in the face.
Expanding on his perspective of Smith and Rock’s incident, Bellamy added, “I don’t think Chris Rock was trying to be malicious bro. He was just joking, boom, boom, boom,” he said. “Left a joke now and then, let’s be honest. Sometimes it’s not that fun when it’s too early, or it’s too crazy, isn’t it? But there’s no point in attacking someone, especially when at the end you know we’re going to be at the after party and you can be like, ‘Yo, B, man, that’s crazy. Can you apologize to my wife? She feels crazy.” And I would apologize if I said something to your wife that wasn’t right.”
Several other comedians and celebrities have openly shared their thoughts on the viral moment. Rock, on the other hand, has largely remained silent. The comedian is currently on a comedy tour with Kevin Hart. While performing his set at Madison Square Garden, Rock made it easy for himself to be impressed by the “King Richard” Oscar winner. Sources speaking to Entertainment Tonight said Rock rose from the audience as he said, “Anyone who says hurt words has never been slapped in the face.”
https://atlantablackstar.com/2022/07/26/you-never-know-where-the-line-is-bill-bellamy-speaks-on-comedians-jokes-toeing-the-line-of-being-offensive-in-the-wake-of-will-smiths-controversial-oscars-slap/ Bill Bellamy opens up about jokes from comedians who bordered on the offensive after Will Smith’s controversial slap in the face at the Oscars