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- 30 Mar 22
Comedian Chris Rock has seen a spike in sales after an altercation with Will Smith made headlines at last Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony.
Interest in Chris Rock’s upcoming Ego Death comedy tour has increased "dramatically" following the moment in last Sunday's Oscars ceremony, when the comedian was slapped on stage by Best Actor winner Will Smith.
According to US ticket seller StubHub, sales for Rock’s tour have increased more than 25 times in the days since the incident.
The increase in demand has also led to an increase in prices as some tickets have gone from a price of $50 to over $400. This also marks the first time in five years that the comedian has gone on tour.
"Now that we are 48 hours from Sunday evening, it's evident that demand for Chris Rock shows has jumped dramatically, based on our ticket-buying trends on StubHub," a spokesperson for StubHub has said.
"With daily sales remarkably more than twenty-five times higher than the average we have seen in the last month, we anticipate this interest will likely sustain for a short time."
Rock has yet to publicly speak out on the incident but many expect him to address it when his tour kicks off in Atlantic City, New Jersey on April 2nd. Ironically, for the last date of his tour Rock will be returning to the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles where the Oscars incident took place.
On Tuesday, Will Smith released an apology saying that: “Violence in all its forms is poisonous and destructive.”
"I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong. I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness.”
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Multiple Hollywood actors have weighed in on the incident since Sunday. During an appearance on American talk show CBS This Morning, actor/comedian Jim Carrey said that he was "sickened" by the standing ovation given to Smith after his Best Actor win.
"I felt like Hollywood is just spineless en masse and it really felt like this is a really clear indication that we’re not the cool club anymore."
Carrey went on to decry Smith's actions: "If you want to yell from the audience and disapprove or show disapproval or say something on Twitter, you do not have the right to walk up on stage and smack somebody in the face because they said words."
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has launched a formal review of the incident with a decision pending in the next few weeks.
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