After Will Smith smacked Chris Rock on stage at the Oscars, many people, including celebrities, were shocked. On stage to present the award for best documentary feature, comedian Rock made a joke about Smith’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s alopecia, which she suffers from.
“Jada, can’t wait for GI Jane 2.” Rock stated. Smith came up to the stage and hit Rock before returning to his seat and yelling, “Keep my wife’s name out of your f***ing mouth!”
“Love will make you do insane things,” Smith subsequently said during his best actor acceptance speech, but not to Rock. “At your highest, that’s when the devil comes for you,” the actor claims Denzel Washington informed him after the encounter.
“In my life, I’m being called to love people, to defend people, and to be a river to my people.
“I know we have to be able to accept abuse to do what we do,” Smith explained. “You have to be able to make people speak about you like crazy.” You have to be able to put up with people disrespecting you in this business. You have to put on a brave face and act as though everything is well.”
Smith was named Best Actor for his role as Richard Williams in the film “King Richard.” It was his first Academy Award.
Millions of people who observed the onstage slap at the Oscars on Sunday night regarded it as not just startling, but also as one of the wildest Oscar moments since Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway revealed “La La Land” as the best picture winner when it was intended to be “Moonlight” in 2017.
For years, the Academy Awards viewership have been declining due to a variety of issues, notably Covid-19. The Oscars in 2021 drew only 10.4 million viewers, down 56 percent from the previous year’s event. This year’s awards event was not without controversy, and the Academy could use a viral moment. It did get one, but it wasn’t the one it had hoped for.
Following the shocking incident, the Academy stated that it “does not condone violence in any form.”
“We are pleased to honor our 94th Academy Award recipients tonight, who have earned this honor from their peers and moviegoers all over the world.”
Many people commented that whether or not Rock knew Jada had alopecia, his joke was dumb, in response to Smith’s shocking attack. “And as far as that situation goes….. I am still digesting,” Jodie Turner-Smith stated. “I’m experiencing secondhand embarrassment for everyone involved.”
“@willsmith actually did that — and he wins the OSCAR — he just tarnished the finest moment of his career,” TV host Stephen A Smith wrote. That’s not possible, S$&@!! Especially as a BLACK MAN in that position to ANOTHER BLACK MAN on THAT STAGE (@chrisrock). Will won’t be able to get over this if it wasn’t a joke!!!”
“I just viewed the RAW footage,” he subsequently tweeted. @willsmith is a jerk who should be ashamed of himself. “It was a GI Jane joke,” says the narrator.
“Let me tell you something, it’s a very poor practice to walk up on stage and physically assault a Comedian,” Kathy Griffin wrote. Now we all have to be concerned about who the next Will Smith will be in comedy clubs and theaters.”
“It was real,” Piers Morgan tweeted, describing it as the “ugliest moment” in Oscar history. I just watched the unedited footage. Will Smith screamed “keep my wife’s name out of your fing mouth” twice at Chris Rock when he made a GI Jane joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith (who has alopecia).
“B!tch don’t you ever play with me. LOL,” rapper 50 Cent captioned a screenshot of the incident.
Smith will not face any charges as a result of the event. Rock isn’t pursuing the case, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
The LAPD confirmed in a statement that “investigative entities are aware of an incident involving two persons during the Academy Awards event.” “During the incident, one person slapped another. “The person who was involved in the incident has declined to submit a police report.”