UPDATED with Carrey, Sandler comments : "Stand-up comics are very adept at handling hecklers," tweeted Mark Hamill last night after Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars , "violent physical assault…not so much." Hamill's tweet drew the distinction between speech and action that many have continued to drive home as the comedy community (mostly) rallies around Rock. Howard Stern said on his SiriusXM show this morning, "You don't hit people over speech, certainly not at the Academy Awards, and Will Smith's got to contain himself." Jim Carrey agreed, telling Gayle King on CBS Mornings Tuesday, "If you want to yell from the audience and show disapproval or say something on Twitter [that's ok]. You do not have the right to walk up on stage and smack somebody in the face 'cuz they said words." Most comedians ' reactions to the slap that stunned the Oscars — when Will Smith bounded on stage and struck Rock over a joke about Smith's wife Jada Pinkett Smith, seem mostly to come down decidedly for, as one comedian puts it, Team Rock. (Smith has since apologized to Rock.) Kathy Griffin was among the first to speak out strongly, expressing a concern that many… Read full this story
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