‘Stick up for comic – reaction was unreasonable’ Fury as Alan Davies defends Chris Rock

Chris Rock jokes about Will Smith and Jada at the 2016 Oscars

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Alan Davies was welcomed onto BBC Breakfast on Tuesday morning to discuss the controversy surrounding a joke Chris Rock made at the Oscars. Will Smith got onstage at the awards ceremony and struck Chris after he made a joke about the actor’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith. Chris’ remark compared Jada’s appearance to G.I Jane, something many have taken issue with as the actress suffers from alopecia. Many BBC viewers were left outraged as Alan defended the joke on Tuesday’s show.

Speaking on BBC Breakfast, Alan shared his thoughts on the drama that unfolded at the Oscars.

He said: “I have a little difficulty with people saying that they’re offended and getting upset and wanting comedians to moderate what they say.

“My instinct and any comedian’s instinct is always when you’re told to moderate what you say your instinct is always to do the opposite.

“I’m sure that’s Chris Rock’s instinct,” Alan commented.

The comedian continued: “I’m a fan of Chris Rock, I’ve got tickets to see him at the Albert Hall in May. So I’m an apologist for him.

“But, I don’t think he meant to reference that and I don’t think the reaction was in any way reasonable.

“So yeah, I’ll stick up for the comic I’m afraid,” he said.

However, after watching Alan defend the American comedian, BBC viewers took to Twitter to complain.

“Alan Davies just doesn’t get the point. Would anyone tolerate their spouse to be insulted with a jibe about their illness?” @myrealm123 commented.

“@alandavies1 how dare you defend someone who used a person’s medical condition for his cheap comment in front of the audience and millions of people around the world. What would you be saying if he made deaf jokes about the cast of CODA, would you still be apologising for him?” @Pookietherabbit fumed.

“@BBCBreakfast Alan Davies SHOULD NOT have wholeheartedly supported that disgusting little boy and his playground ‘humour’. Chris Rock KNEW it was wrong and hurtful. He IS the one who should apologise,” @thespeeddemon1 said.

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