Comedian Nate Bargatze presented a Grammy wearing a helmet, joking about the infamous slap that occurred last week during the Oscars.
Will Smith very publicly slapped Chris Rock after the comedian made an insensitive remark about Jada Pinkett Smith, comparing her to G.I Jane – Jada has been open about her struggles with alopecia and didn’t appreciate being used as the punchline.
In the wake of this incident, Smith has since apologized to Rock, the Academy and his fellow nominees.
Bargatze walked on stage during the Grammys to present an award wearing a large black helmet, instigating laughs from the audience:
“They said comedians have to wear these now at awards shows during the joke parts,”
“It doesn’t even cover your face, I think it just focuses where you would hit me.”
LeVar Burton and Nate Bargatze joke about the Will Smith #Oscars slap at the #GRAMMYs .
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The comedian then proceeded to take the helmet off, after stating “alright, this is stupid,” before he presented the award for Best Spoken Word Album.