Russell Kane has warned Will Smith's Oscars slap could lead to drunken attacks on stand-up comics
The 46-year-old British comedian insisted he's "qualified" to share his opinion on the Hollywood actor striking stand-up Chris Rock at the Oscars after he passed comment on his wife Jada Pinkett Smith's shaved hair in March, as before lockdown a furious audience member tried to punch him twice when he was performing at a corporate gig
21 May 2022
Russell ranted: "It happened to me so I'm qualified to comment on it.
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"What Will did was wrong and made my job harder. It's given permission to drunks to punch some guy around the head.
"He was a d******* for what he did and deserves the ban."
It's been said the 'King Richard' star punched him as his wife Jada, 50, sports a buzz-cut to hide her alopecia.
As a result, Will, 53, has been barred from Oscars events for a decade.
Russell said he is now censoring himself at his shows as he fears people's looks may not be a "fashion choice".
He added in an interview with the Daily Star newspaper: "Personally if I see a woman with no hair in the front row I'm not going to gamble that's a fashion choice. If someone is crying the comedy has stopped for me."
He said about members of the public complaining about comedy: "It's like going to a nudist beach and complaining because you saw a willy.
"As soon as you pay your money, you've consented for a theatrical exchange of boundary pushing - within the law.
"How absurd to go to a comedy gig and complain you got offended.
"The problem is when someone films it and puts it online, the people who haven't consented see an edgy joke.
"I'm a people pleaser and like to be liked, but in the theatre if there was a gasp I would go over the top and start miming masturbation and go, 'Shut up you b****' and keep going because there's consent there."