Oscars 2022: Will Smith Slaps Chris Rock – Here’s What Happened

Will Smith

The Oscars 2022 may have ended, but talks surrounding the event are just getting started. One of the biggest happenings of the award night was the unexpected slap Will Smith gave to Chris Rock in response to a joke on stage.

Why did Will Smith slap Chris Rock?

When Chris Rock took to the stage to present the Oscar for the best documentary feature, he made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved hair.

He said, “Javier Bardem and his wife are both nominated. Now, if she loses, he can’t win.” Adding, “He is praying that Will Smith wins, like, please, lord. Jada, I love you. ‘G.I. Jane 2,’ can’t wait to see it, all right?” As the joke received a lukewarm response, Rock added: “That was a nice one!”

His joke precipitated some laughter from the audience, including from Will Smith at first, but Jada was having none of it. She rolled her eyes and soon after Will walked up the stage and slapped Chris on the face.

“Keep my wife’s name out of your fucking mouth!” Will Smith yelled as he returned to his seat.

The auditorium went silent for a few seconds afterward.

After the exchange, Chris Rock said, “That was the greatest night in the history of television.”

Jada Pinkett Smith has been open about her condition with alopecia since 2018. She has often spoken about what it’s like to live with the condition that causes her hair to fall off.

ALSO READ: Will Smith Says There’s Never Been Infidelity in His Marriage to Jada

What did the Academy do in response?

Following the incident, netizens on social media have been calling for Will Smith’s arrest, even though Chris Rock has refused to press charges at this time. In response, the Academy issued a statement saying, “The Academy does not condone violence in any form. Tweeting, they added, trying to refocus attention on the more dignified elements from the award show,

“Tonight we are delighted to celebrate our 94th Academy Awards winners, who deserve this moment of recognition from their peers and movie lovers around the world.”

Watch the slap below:

BBC News (World) on Twitter: “Watch the moment Will Smith goes on stage at the Oscars and hits comedian Chris Rock after he makes joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smithhttps://t.co/mDQKMc3nXd pic.twitter.com/IsEefJdlj4 / Twitter”

Watch the moment Will Smith goes on stage at the Oscars and hits comedian Chris Rock after he makes joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smithhttps://t.co/mDQKMc3nXd pic.twitter.com/IsEefJdlj4

What do you think?

787 Points
Upvote Downvote

Leave a Reply

GIPHY App Key not set. Please check settings

    Patrice Evra chess in slums e1648393234390

    Chess in Slums Africa: Manchester United Great, Patrice Evra Visits Oshodi

    272AD164 CD42 474F B344 75308964AB08

    What is Your Favorite Chris Brown Collaboration With a Nigerian Artist?