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Oscars Producer Will Packer Says Will Smith’s Smack Was ‘a Very Painful Moment for Me — on Many Levels’

Oscars Producer Will Packer Says Will Smith’s Smack Was ‘a Very Painful Moment for Me — on Many Levels’

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The producer of the 94th Academy Awards is opening up about Will Smithsmacking Chris Rock, saying that it was “a very painful moment” to witness.

Will Packer, 47, who served as producer for the Oscars, received criticism for the initial tweet he posted shortly after Smith hit Rock following the comedian’s joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head during the ceremony Sunday night.

“Welp… I said it wouldn’t be boring #Oscars,” Packer wrote Sunday night.

A social media user called out Packer for the tweet and told him, “Making jokes about an assault that happened during your show isn’t the congratulatory message you think it is”

In response, Packer shared his “transparent” thoughts on the incident.

“Black people have a defiant spirit of laughter when it comes to dealing with pain because there has been so much of it,” he wrote. “I don’t feel the need to elucidate that for you.”

Packer added, “But I also don’t mind being transparent and say that this was a very painful moment for me. On many levels.”

During the Oscars ceremony, presenter Rock, 57, made the joke about Pinkett Smith’s shaved head, which she recently opened up about, revealing it was a result of her years-long struggle with alopecia.

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