When Eddie Murphy accepted one of the Golden Globes’ most prestigious awards this weekend, he took the opportunity to joke about one of last year’s biggest events in the film world: Will Smith’s now infamous behavior at the Oscars.
Eddie Murphy was honored with the prestigious Cecil B. DeMille Award at this year’s Golden Globes, which took place at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles on Sunday.
Murphy, who is known for his appearances in films such as The Mad Professor and A prince in New Yorkaccepted his statuette with a joking piece of advice:
“I want you to know that there is a foolproof recipe you can follow to achieve success, prosperity and peace of mind. It is very simple. It’s three things: pay taxes, don’t bother what other people do, and keep Will Smith’s wife’s name out of your damn mouth!”
Eddie Murphy shares three pieces of advice for up-and-comers in the industry:
— Variety (@Variety) January 11, 2023
Ported from the Oscars
The latter is a reference to the scandal that unfolded at the 2022 Oscars when Will Smith went on stage and punched comedian Chris Rock in the middle of filming, this because of a joke directed at Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. Afterwards, Smith returned to his seat where he yelled at Chris Rock to keep his wife’s name out of his “fucking mouth”.
Smith has been banned from the Oscars for the next ten years and has apologized to Chris Rock on numerous occasions. During his participation in The Daily Show in November he said that it was “repressed anger” that had led to the incident:
“The [berodde på] many things: it was the little boy who saw his father beat his mother, you know. All that just bubbled up in that moment. That’s not the person I want to be,” he said. “It was an anger that had been suppressed for a very long time.”