Tonight at SNL, Weekend update‘s anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che made every Will Smith joke they’ve held on to over the past week, following the Oscar winner’s slapping of Chris Rock at the 94th Oscars.
“Intelligence officials say Vladimir Putin is being misinformed by his advisers about how badly the Russian military is doing in Ukraine,” Jost said at the top, “which is a bit like Will Smith’s agent telling him, ‘You broke it at the Oscars.’ the distribution. ! “
Jost said that from his perspective, Smith’s actions were “shameful” – especially because his actions set “a terrible precedent for having to defend your wife at awards ceremonies.”
Che noted that during his speech of thanks after receiving the award for best male lead King Richard star said: “Love will make you do crazy things.”
“Do you know what else makes you do crazy things? Crazy,” he joked. “But I understand where Will comes from. I mean, you can not expect him to sit there and watch another man jump over his wife – without signing an NDA.
Yesterday, Jost continued, Smith resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences before the award ceremony could expel him. “He would not,” said Jost, “but then Jada gave him that look.”
If Smith had been expelled, Jost noted, he would have joined “a small group” of people who have been thrown out of the academy, which includes Bill Cosby, Roman Polanski and Harvey Weinstein. “Or, as they are also known, ‘Bad Boys For Life’.”
Che went on to talk about alopecia, the health condition that served as the basis for Rock’s joke at the expense of Jada Pinkett Smith, which in turn led to the cartoon’s quarrel with her husband. “Can we stop pretending everyone knew Jada had alopecia? I mean, as much as we’re heard of Jada and Will’s personal lives, you can not expect us to keep everything,” he said. It’s like Kanye saying, “Don’t act like you do not know I had psoriasis!”
Selfishly, Che said that as a comedian he is “tired” of people “putting their own insecurity” on his joke intentions. “I mean, I can not make a joke that it’s cold outside,” he said, “without anyone shouting back, ‘Stop making fun of my little penis! Keep my little penis out of your mouth! ‘”
One of the remarkable things about the situation at the Oscars for Jost was that Smith was allowed to stay in the audience (and even receive a trophy) after beating Rock, simply because the cartoon said it was okay for him to do that. “So now we just ask the victim right after they have been hit in the head? ‘Hey, are you okay if the guy who just attacked you gets stuck for a while? You will not make him angry again, ” he joked. “I can not believe the academy has a worse concussion protocol than the NFL.”
But honestly, Jost continued, “he can not even blame” the Academy for not knowing what to do. “No one knew what to do. Even people at the Oscars googled, ‘Did Will Smith just beat Chris Rock?'” He remarked. “I think we just have to admit it was one of the craziest things we’ll ever see in our lives. It’s really like the Super Bowl wardrobe malfunction, but if Janet [Jackson]’s nipple struck [Justin] Timberlake. “
Not to mention, Che said, Rock has “been very public” about dealing with a nonverbal learning disorder, making it “difficult for him to understand” nonverbal cues. “Like how, when he saw an angry Will Smith storm towards him, instead of moving out of the way, he put both his hands behind his back, smiled and said, ‘Oh oh!’
Later UpdateAnchors welcomed OJ Simpson (Kenan Thompson) to the desk to bid on the Oscar debacle, where Che asked him whose side he was on.
“Oh, now Michael, you know me. I hate conflicts. They both seem like good guys,” Simpson said. “But honestly, I did not even understand Chris Rock’s joke. I mean, what the hell is that? GI Jane? ”
Che pointed out that it’s a 90s movie where Simpson exclaimed, “90s? Oh, I do not remember anything from the 90s.”
Simpson said that in his humble opinion, Smith may have overreacted by beating Rock. “I mean, Will, I do not want to say that you have problems with rage, but if the glove fits,” he stopped. “I am just saying.”
Che then wondered if Simpson was really on Rock’s side anyway.
“I did not say all that. Chris is not exactly innocent either,” Simpson remarked. “No one likes to be made fun of. I mean, you might be too young to remember, but people used to make a lot of bad jokes about me. “
When Che asked what the jokes were about, Simpson simply said, “All kinds of things.
“The point is, sometimes jokes can go too far, especially when it comes to another man’s family,” Simpson said, “because as Will Smith said in his speech, love will make you do crazy things, supposedly.”
When Che pointed out that there had been talk of taking away Smith’s Oscar, Simpson shouted, “You are not taking away my trophies!”
Also looking past Update desk to break down Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation hearing in the Supreme Court was Senator Marsha Blackburn (Cecily Strong). Clips from tonight’s edition can be found above and below.