Outrage after Golden Globes host Jerrod Carmichael compares Will Smith to Rock Hudson in joke

‘Stupid and homophobic’: Outrage after Golden Globes host Jerrod Carmichael makes extremely off-color joke about Will Smith and Rock Hudson

  • Golden Globes 2023 host Jerrod Carmichael, 35, has sparked fury online
  • He made a joke about Will Smith, 54, and the late Hollywood icon Rock Hudson
  • The comment has been described as ‘off-color’ and ‘homophobic’ on Twitter
  • Comedian Eddie Murphy was, however, lauded for his jab at Smith in his speech

Golden Globes 2023 host Jerrod Carmichael has sparked fury online after making a joke about Will Smith and Rock Hudson which has been described as ‘off-color’ and ‘homophobic.’

After a commercial break of the ceremony, which honors the best in film and American television, Carmichael, a 35-year-old American Comedian, quipped: ‘We actually presented Will Smith with the Rock Hudson award for best portrayal of masculinity on television.’

The comment intended to be a jab at Smith’s expense, after he infamously slapped Chris Rock at the 94th Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars, March 27, 2022, resulting in his decade long ban from the prestigious event.

But it instead invoked fury among Twitter users – because although discreet about his sexual orientation – Hudson was, at the time of his death in 1985, one of the most famous people to have died from AIDS. His identity as a homosexual man also revealed after his passing.

Golden Globes 2023 host Jerrod Carmichael has sparked fury online after comparing Will Smith to the late Rock Hudson in what people have described as an 'off-color' and 'homophobic' attempt at humor

Golden Globes 2023 host Jerrod Carmichael has sparked fury online after comparing Will Smith to the late Rock Hudson in what people have described as an ‘off-color’ and ‘homophobic’ attempt at humor

A shocked audience gave 35-year-old Carmichael some faint applause after the attempt at humor while he tried to hold the room by loudly applauding at his own comment, pleading: ‘So please give it up for Will Smith. Please! Please!’

Twitter users slammed the American stand-up comic some questioning whether he’d been aware of faux pas he had just made. 

One user said: ‘Jerrod Carmichael, who I never heard off, drops homophobic BOMB re: Rock Hudson, whose death from AIDS was credited with bringing attention to an epidemic that went on to kill millions of men, women and children of all backgrounds from around the world. @goldenglobes.’

Another said: ‘That Rock Hudson joke was f****** stupid and homophobic. #GoldenGlobes2023.’

Others questioned whether they had heard the ‘joke’ correctly one user saying: ‘Am I missing something or was that just a really homophobic joke about Rock Hudson?’

Another echoing the confusion: ‘Did I mishear that or did they just cheap ass joke demean Rock Hudson and Will Smith after the heartfelt LGBTQIA boosting by Ryan Murphy.’

Hudson was a leading man and sex symbol in Hollywood during the 50s, keeping his sexual orientation discreet throughout his career

Hudson was a leading man and sex symbol in Hollywood during the 50s, keeping his sexual orientation discreet throughout his career

Hudson was, at the time of his death in 1985, one of the most famous people to have died from AIDS. He's seen here with Elizabeth Taylor five year's before his death

Hudson was, at the time of his death in 1985, one of the most famous people to have died from AIDS. He’s seen here with Elizabeth Taylor five year’s before his death

While Hollywood colleagues were said to know his sexual orientation - his identity as a homosexual man was only revealed publicly after his passing

While Hollywood colleagues were said to know his sexual orientation – his identity as a homosexual man was only revealed publicly after his passing

Later in the evening, Carmichael described the venue that’s hosting the Globes, the Beverly Hilton, as ‘the hotel that killed Whitney Houston.’

‘Jerrod Carmichael is a goddamn disgrace. Before that sick ‘joke’ about Houston, he made a disgusting remark about Rock Hudson/Will Smith,’ another said slamming Carmichael in reference to the Houston and Smith joke. 

Hudson was a leading man and sex symbol in Hollywood during the 50s, keeping his sexual orientation discreet throughout his career.

Smith, on the other hand, who identifies as a heterosexual male, is married to a famous actress Jada Pinkett Smith. 

Last year, the 54-year-old, who became a household name in the 90s, was publicly crucified after slapping Oscars host Rock, when he made a fairly innocuous joke at his wife’s expense.

Carmichael, who famously came out as gay himself during his HBO stand-up special Rothaniel, is yet to explain the quip and why he drew a link between the seemingly unrelated actors.

But while his ‘joke’ appeared to fall flat, with audience members and Golden Globe viewers, comedy legend Eddie Murphy was lauded for mocking Smith for the same incident.

The iconic funnyman, 61, won the coveted Cecil B DeMille award at the 80th annual ceremony and shared three ‘simple’ tips to enjoy a long-lasting career.

‘Pay your taxes, mind your business and keep Will Smith’s wife’s name out of your f****** mouth,’ he said.

The star-filled room filled with laughter, in stark contrast to Carmichael, who many viewers of the Golden Globes asked not to invite back to host again.

During his speech, Murphy shared his three 'simple' tips: 'Pay your taxes, mind your business and keep Will Smith's wife's name out of your f*****g mouth'

During his speech, Murphy shared his three ‘simple’ tips: ‘Pay your taxes, mind your business and keep Will Smith’s wife’s name out of your f*****g mouth’

Viewers stormed Twitter to share their delight at Murphy’s cheeky joke.

One tweeted: ‘Eddie Murphy just dropped the mic on Will Smith at the Golden Globe Awards tonight. Love it!’

Another wrote: ‘Been an Eddie Murphy fan since the 80’s… only Eddie Murphy can drop a F bomb on a Will Smith joke… truly special. Amazing talent!!!’

In November 2022, Smith appeared on an episode of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, where he revealed there was a ‘rage’ inside him the night he slapped Rock. 

He also added that when he got home after the ceremony, his nine-year-old nephew was waiting and had seen the slap, asking him, ‘Why did you hit that man, Uncle Will?’

Will revealed on the show: ‘My little nephew Dom is nine. He is the sweetest little boy. 

Will Smith made headline last year after he slapped Chris Rock (pictured) during the 94th Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars

Will Smith made headline last year after he slapped Chris Rock (pictured) during the 94th Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars

Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith were seen all smiles on the red carpet during the Oscars arrivals the night quickly souring after Rock made a joke about his wife's haircut

Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith were seen all smiles on the red carpet during the Oscars arrivals the night quickly souring after Rock made a joke about his wife’s haircut

Chris Rock was visibly shocked after Smith came onstage and slapped him for making a remark about Pinkett Smith's haircut

Chris Rock was visibly shocked after Smith came onstage and slapped him for making a remark about Pinkett Smith’s haircut

‘We came home. He had stayed up late to see his uncle Will, and we are sitting in my kitchen, and he is on my lap, and he is holding the Oscar, and he is just like, ‘Why did you hit that man, Uncle Will?” Smith said.

Will then took out his tissues and looked at Noah, joking, ‘Damn it. Why are you trying to Oprah me?’

He added, ‘It was a mess, you know. I don’t want to go too far into it to give people more to misunderstand.’

After discussing his new movie, Noah joked they hadn’t seen him for a while, as Will began to open up about what he said was ‘a horrific night, as you can imagine.’

‘There’s many nuances and complexities to it. But at the end of the day, I just… I lost it, you know?’ Smith admitted at the time of the interview.

Smith can still be nominated for, and win, Oscars but will not be allowed to attend ceremonies until after April 8, 2032. 

2023 GOLDEN GLOBES WINNERS – FULL LIST

Best Picture – Drama

Avatar: The Way of Water

Elvis

The Fabelmans – WINNER

TAR

Top Gun: Maverick

Against all odds: Steven Spielberg's The Fabelmans earned top honor Best Picture - Drama despite being a box office flop

Against all odds: Steven Spielberg’s The Fabelmans earned top honor Best Picture – Drama despite being a box office flop

Best Picture – Musical/Comedy

The Banshees of Inisherin – WINNER

Everything Everywhere All At Once

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

Triangle of Sadness

Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama

Cate Blanchett – TAR – WINNER

Olivia Coleman – Empire of Light

Viola Davis – The Woman King

Ana de Armas – Blonde

Michelle Williams – The Fabelmans

Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama

Austin Butler – Elvis – WINNER

Brendan Fraser – The Whale

Hugh Jackman – The Son

Bill Nighy – Living

Jeremy Pope – The Inspection

King gets crowned: Austin Butler took home Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama for his titular role in Elvis

King gets crowned: Austin Butler took home Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama for his titular role in Elvis 

Best Actress – Motion Picture – Musical/Comedy

Lesley Manville – Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris

Margot Robbie – Babylon

Anya Taylor-Joy – The Menu

Emma Thompson – Good Luck To You, Leo Grande

Michelle Yeoh – Everything Everywhere All At Once – WINNER

Best Actor – Motion Picture – Musical/Comedy

Diego Calva – Babylon

Daniel Craig – Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

Adam Driver – White Noise

Colin Farrell –  The Banshees of Inisherin – WINNER

Ralph Fiennes –  The Menu

 

Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture

Brendan Gleeson – The Banshees of Inisherin

Barry Keoghan – The Banshees of Inisherin

Brad Pitt – Babylon

Ke Huy Quan – Everything Everywhere All At Once – WINNER

Eddie Redmayne – The Good Nurse

Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture 

Angela Bassett – Black Panther: Wakanda Forever – WINNER

Kerry Condon – The Banshees of Inisherin

Jamie Lee Curtis – Everything Everywhere All At Once

Dolly De Leon – Triangle of Sadness

Carey Mulligan –  She Said

Head of the table: Angela Bassett earned Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Head of the table: Angela Bassett earned Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever 

Best Director – Motion Picture

James Cameron – Avatar: The Way of Water 

Daniel Scheinert, Daniel Kwan – Everything Everywhere All at Once

Baz Luhrmann – Elvis

Martin McDonagh – The Banshees of Inisherin 

Steven Spielberg –  The Fabelmans – WINNER 

Best Screenplay Motion Picture

Todd Field – TAR

Daniel Scheinert, Daniel Kwan – Everything Everywhere All at Once

Martin McDonagh – The Banshees of Inisherin – WINNER

Sarah Polley – Women Talking

Tony Kushner, Steven Spielberg – The Fabelmans 

Best Picture – Animated

Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio – WINNER

Inu-Oh

Marcel the Shell with Shoes On

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish

Turning Red 

Best Picture – Non-English language (Formerly Foreign Language)

All Quiet on the Western Front (Germany)

Argentina, 1985 (Argentina) – WINNER

Close (Netherlands, France, Belgium)

Decision to Leave (South Korea) 

RRR (India) 

Best Score Motion Picture

Carter Burwell – The Banshees of Inisherin

Alexandre Desplat – Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio

Hildur Guðnadóttir – Women Talking

Justin Hurwitz – Babylon – WINNER

John Williams – The Fabelmans 

Best Song Motion Picture

Where the Crawdads Sing – Carolina

Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio – Ciao Papa

Top Gun: Maverick – Hold My Hand 

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever – Lift Me Up

RRR – Naatu Naatu – WINNER

Best Drama Series

Better Call Saul

The Crown 

House of the Dragon  – WINNER

Ozark

Severance  

Epic: Director Miguel Sapochnik accepted Best Drama Series for House Of The Dragon

Epic: Director Miguel Sapochnik accepted Best Drama Series for House Of The Dragon

Best Musical/ Comedy series

Abbott Elementary – WINNER

The Bear 

Hacks

Only Murders in the Building

Wednesday 

Best Limited Series, Anthology Series or Television Motion Picture 

Blackbird

Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story 

The Dropout

Pam & Tommy

The White Lotus – WINNER

Best Actress – Limited Series, Anthology Series or Television Motion Picture

Jessica Chastain – George & Tammy

Julia Garner – Inventing Anna

Lily James – Pam & Tommy

Julia Roberts – Gaslit

Amanda Seyfried – The Dropout – WINNER

Best Actor – Limited Series, Anthology Series or Television Motion Picture

Taron Egerton – Blackbird 

Colin Firth – The Staircase

Andrew Garfield – Under the Banner of Heaven

Evan Peters – Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story – WINNER

Sebastian Stan – Pam & Tommy

His moment: Evan Peters earned Best Actor - Limited Series, Anthology Series or Television Motion Picture for Dahmer

His moment: Evan Peters earned Best Actor – Limited Series, Anthology Series or Television Motion Picture for Dahmer

Best Television Actress – Drama Series 

Emma D’Arcy – House of the Dragon 

Laura Linney – Ozark 

Imelda Staunton – The Crown 

Hilary Swank – Alaska Daily 

Zendaya – Euphoria – WINNER

Best Television Actor – Drama Series

Jeff Bridges – The Old Man 

Kevin Costner – Yellowstone – WINNER

Diego Luna – Andor

Bob Odenkirk – Better Caul Saul 

Adam Scott – Severance

Best Television Actress – Musical/Comedy Series

Quinta Brunson – Abbott Elementary – WINNER

Kaley Cuoco –  The Flight Attendant  

Selena Gomez – Only Murders in the Building

Jenna Ortega – Wednesday 

Jean Smart – Hacks 

Well deserved: Quinta Brunson earned Best Television Actress – Musical/Comedy Series for Abbott Elementary

Well deserved: Quinta Brunson earned Best Television Actress – Musical/Comedy Series for Abbott Elementary

Best Television Actor – Musical/Comedy Series

Donald Glover – Atlanta

Bill Hader – Barry

Steve Martin – Only Murders in the Building

Martin Short – Only Murders in the Building

Jeremy Allen White – The Bear – WINNER

Best Supporting Actress – Television Limited Series/Motion Picture

Jennifer Coolidge – The White Lotus – WINNER

Claire Danes – Fleishman Is in Trouble

Daisy Edgar-Jones – Under the Banner of Heaven 

Niecy Nash – Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story

Aubrey Plaza – The White Lotus 

Best Supporting Actor – Television Limited Series/Motion Picture

F. Murray Abraham – The White Lotus 

Domhnall Gleeson – The Patient 

Paul Walter Hauser – Black Bird – WINNER

Richard Jenkins – Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story

Seth Rogen – Pam & Tommy 

Best Supporting Actress – Television Series 

Elizabeth Debicki – The Crown

Hannah Einbinder – Hacks

Julia Garner – Ozark  – WINNER

Janelle James – Abbott Elementary

Sheryl Lee Ralph – Abbott Elementary

Blonde ambition: Julia Garner won Best Supporting Actress - Television Series for Ozark

Blonde ambition: Julia Garner won Best Supporting Actress – Television Series for Ozark

Best Supporting Actor – Television Series

John Lithgow – The Old Man

Jonathan Pryce – The Crown

John Turturro – Severance 

Tyler James Williams – Abbott Elementary – WINNER

Henry Winkler – Barry

 

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