The Will Smith Oscars event controversy has become one of the most significant disputes to rock Hollywood in the past decade. The incident, where Oscar-winning actor Will Smith slapped comedian Chris Rock, has generated enduring attention on social media. The incident has ignited a debate about whether the slap was justified or not, and public opinion remains divided. However, due to the sensitive nature of the topic, many celebrities have refrained from commenting on the matter.
Mel Gibson, renowned for his roles in action-packed Hollywood hits like “Braveheart,” “Lethal Weapon,” and “Mad Max,” was asked about his perspective on the Will Smith-Chris Rock controversy during an interview while promoting his film “Father Stu,” which stars Mark Wahlberg.
The interview, conducted by Jess Waters on Fox News, posed the hypothetical question of how Gibson would have been treated if he were the one to have slapped Chris Rock. However, Gibson chose to remain tight-lipped on the topic, as he recognized the potential for sensationalism and opted to disengage from the discussion. His public relations team promptly ended the interview, citing that the allotted time for conversation had concluded.
Mel Gibson’s decision to avoid commenting on the controversy reflects his understanding of the potential repercussions and sensationalized nature of such a topic. The actor, known for both his cinematic successes and personal controversies, likely opted for caution to prevent inadvertently becoming embroiled in further media frenzy.
Gibson, who recently appeared in the 2022 film “On the Line,” has upcoming projects such as “The Continental: From the World of John Wick” and sequels to his popular films like “Lethal Weapon 4” and “The Passion of the Christ.”
The actor was promoting his film Father Stu, featuring Mark Wahlberg, in an interview with Fox News. During the conversation, the host, Jess Waters asked his guest,
“I was wondering if you had been the one that jumped up out of his seat and slapped Chris Rock if you would have been treated the same way?”