Following Will Smith’s now-infamous Oscars slap, Joe Rogan took to the podwaves to express his worry that Smith’s assault on Chris Rock signals open season on stand-up comics. “It sets a terrible precedent for comedy clubs. Like, are people going to decide to go on stage and smack a comedian now,” Rogan said on an episode of his show “The Joe Rogan Experience” (via the Daily Mail). 

Concerned about the normalization of violence as a response to stand-up routines, Rogan mused, “What is it saying as a society that the people that we look up to … and the Academy Awards are supposed to be them in their most regal outfits, their best behavior. And to drop down to violence for something so innocuous as a ‘G.I. Jane’ joke.” Rogan was also baffled that Smith was allowed to stay and accept his best actor award “after he assaulted a small comedian on stage.” 

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