Speaking in an interview with Gayle King for CBS Mornings, Carrey provided his opinion on the highly controversial ceremony, during which Smith was awarded the Oscar for Best Actor shortly after slapping presenter Chris Rock over a joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.
Despite his actions earlier in the evening, the audience rose to their feet to applaud Smith for his victory.
“I was sickened,” said Carrey. “I was sickened by the standing ovation. Hollywood is just spineless en masse and it really felt like this is a really clear indication that we aren’t the cool club anymore.”
When it was suggested by King that anybody else would have been arrested, Carrey said, “He should have been.”
“He just didn’t want the hassle,” Carrey added of Rock’s decision not to press charges. “I’d have announced this morning that I was suing Will for $200 million dollars. Because that video is going to be there forever. It’s going to be ubiquitous. You know, that insult is going to last a very long time.”
“If you want to yell from the audience and show disapproval or say something on Twitter [that’s fine]. But you do not have the right to walk up on stage and smack somebody in the face because they said words.”
“It didn’t escalate,” Carrey continued. “It came out of nowhere because Will has something going on inside him that’s frustrating. I wish him the best. I have nothing against Will Smith. He’s done great things, but that was not a good moment.”
“It cast a shadow over everyone’s shining moment last night… It was selfish.”