Chris Rock was spectacularly slapped by Will Smith finally 12 months’s Academy Awards, nevertheless it’s the Duke and Duchess of Sussex who could possibly be getting their very own smackdown at the 2023 Oscars.
A public relations knowledgeable believes that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle could also be roasted by massive names on the ceremony, set to happen this Sunday, March 12, in Los Angeles.
Whereas the privacy-conscious couple gained’t be in attendance on the glitzy occasion, PR guru Matt Yanofsky mentioned there’s a superb likelihood they’ll nonetheless be referenced on Hollywood’s massive evening.
“Meghan and Harry are now not untouchable within the US,” Yanofsky, who runs advertising and publicity company The Moment Lab, instructed The Mirror on Friday.
He mentioned the recent “South Park” episode ridiculing the exiled royals “ripped the Band-Assist off” for folks to poke enjoyable on the pair.
“‘South Park’ is a present that’s grandfathered into popular culture. No person is canceling it, and it has a historical past of claiming what everybody thinks however is scared to say,” Yanofsky mentioned.
“By satirizing the couple, they’ve given different folks permission to lastly say what they consider Meghan and Harry, as we noticed equally with Chris Rock’s stand-up particular.”
It’s unclear whether or not the Sussexes — whose popularity has plummeted — are fearful about being the butt of potential Oscars jokes, whether or not by host Jimmy Kimmel, award presenters or winners themselves.
The Publish has reached out to their representatives for remark.
In a February episode titled “The Worldwide Privateness Tour,” collection co-creator Trey Parker mercilessly mocked Harry and Markle, implying that they have been determined for consideration whereas publicly pleading for privateness.
The episode took specific purpose at Prince Harry’s latest memoir, “Spare,” which was re-titled “Waaagh” within the chopping cartoon.
Though there have been rumors that Harry and Markle have been set to sue over the episode, reps for the pair trashed those reports, saying they have been “baseless” and “boring.”
Nevertheless, pundit Megyn Kelly claimed the couple would “never recover” from the very public ridicule.
“I really feel it is a pronouncement that they’ve jumped the shark, they aren’t beloved and her hopes of operating for president, reported hopes, are all however dashed,” Kelly mentioned. “That’s not taking place. When ‘South Park’ activates you, there’s no recovering.”
Certainly, the hits have saved coming because the “South Park” episode aired.
Chris Rock ripped into Markle in his new Netflix special “Selective Outrage,” which hit the streamer final week.
The comedian expressed exasperation on the former actress’ implication that some members of the royal household were racist.
“It’s the royal household!” Rock remarked within the particular. “You didn’t Google these motherf–kers? What the f–okay is she speaking about, ‘She didn’t know’?! That’s like marrying into the Budweiser household and going, ‘They drink rather a lot.’”
The star additionally blasted Markle for claiming a member of the household expressed concern about how darkish her child’s pores and skin shade can be.
“That’s not racist,” Rock insisted. “As a result of even black folks wanna understand how brown the child is gonna be!”
Yanofsky mentioned it’s unclear which celeb may hit out at Harry and Markle on stage throughout Sunday’s Academy Awards.
He additionally isn’t certain how, precisely, they might skewer the Montecito-based couple.
“It’s 50/50 in the event that they joke concerning the couple [on Sunday] or if they begin mocking Meghan and Harry in 5 years,” he mentioned. “It’ll be attention-grabbing to see what occurs.”