James Corden delivers a musical parody of Encanto’s popular song “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” in the wake of the infamous Will Smith Oscars slap.
James Corden performs a parody of Encanto’s “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” to talk about the Oscars and Will Smith’s Chris Rock slap. In one of the most shocking, unplanned moments in awards history, Smith got up from his seat and slapped Rock on stage during the live telecast after the comedian made a joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, and her shaved head, the result of alopecia. Smith then proceeded to shout profanities at Rock while still live, twice commanding him to not mention his wife’s name again, which was censored for American audiences.
The moment quickly generated strong reactions from the audience and viewers, with Smith later winning the Best Actor Oscar for King Richard and using his speech to address the situation. While Smith apologized to Rock the next day through his social media and Rock declined to press charges, the damage was already done, with the Academy opening a formal review of the incident that could mean repercussions for the movie star. Many late-night talk show hosts, including Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert, have addressed and joked about what happened, but Corden decided to take the situation to a different creative level on his show.
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As the opening monologue for The Late Late Show with James Corden, Corden and his staff performed a musical number in a skit addressing the Oscars, parodying the popular song “We Don’t Talk About Bruno.” Inspired by Encanto’s Best Animated Feature win at the ceremony, Corden replaces Bruno with Pinkett Smith’s name, keeping the allusions to Smith’s Oscars slap amusingly indirect. Instead of using the skit to talk about the incident, Corden refers to other memorable moments during the ceremony that are now being eclipsed in most discussions. The whole performance can be viewed below:
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Corden, of course, is known for his musical skills, being a Tony-winning Broadway actor prior to The Late Late Show, as well as starring in musical films and hosting the Tony Awards twice. It was a unique way of addressing the Oscars, which had a lot of history-making winners: Best Picture and Director were awarded to films directed by women for the second consecutive year, and Troy Kotsur became the first male Deaf actor to win an Oscar, and the second Deaf actor overall after CODA co-star Marlee Matlin. Ariana DeBose, who won for the revival of West Side Story, became the first openly queer woman of color and the first Afro-Latina to win in an acting category.
With all the uncertainty surrounding Smith and his actions, as well as the ongoing controversy, it is nice to have a refreshing, Encanto-inspired take on the matter, that also providing a comfortable distraction. It is easy to forget, amidst such a jaw-dropping incident, that it is worth acknowledging other Oscars moments that deserved to be recognized, but unfortunately were all overshadowed. The aftermath of the incident is still developing, and it is unknown if Smith will lose his Academy membership.
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Source: The Late Late Show with James Corden
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