Will Smith and Chris Rock made news last night at the Oscars after things took an unexpected turn with Smith making a move at the stage and suddenly slapping his fellow actor for making comments about his wife.
Chris Rock was beyond surprised and many didn’t even expect it to happen when Smith took offence to the joke the actor made about his wife’s hair, reacting back with a slap that left many in shock.
“Jada, I love you. G.I. Jane 2, can’t wait to see it, all right?” Chris joked on stage about Jada Pinkett Smith. “That was a nice one, OK?”
Will was seen to be laughing at the joke moments after but his wife Jada didn’t take it well at all. A few moments later, Jada’s husband walked to the stage and slapped Chris Rock right in the face. He returned to his seat and shouted, “Keep my wife’s name out of your f–king mouth!”
Jaden Smith joined several Hollywood stars, including Cardi B, Trevor Noah and Maria Shriver, in speaking out after Will slapped Chris Rock onstage at the 2022 Oscars. Some were supporting the actor for his actions while others were displeased.
These were some of the responses from the celebrities;
Maria Shriver: “We should never get to a place where we sit and watch a movie star hit someone on global television then, moments later, get a standing ovation while talking about love. #WillSmith #Oscars”
Will Smith slaps Chris Rock on stage and later wins Best Actor at the 2022 Oscars
Will ended up winning the Best Actor Oscar for playing Richard Williams in the movie King Richard and used his speech to apologize for the incident. “I want to apologize to the Academy, I want to apologize to all my fellow nominees,” Will said while breaking down. “This is a beautiful moment and I’m not crying for winning an award, it’s not about winning an award for me.”
The actor later made a comparison to the “crazy father” he played onscreen, before sharing advice he received from Denzel Washington after slapping the comedian. “In this business, you gotta have people disrespecting you and you gotta pretend that that’s OK,” he said. “Denzel said to me a few minutes ago, ‘At your highest moment, be careful, that’s when the devil comes for you.'”
Smith ended saying that he hopes the Academy welcomes him back.
Tiffany Haddish has defended Will Smith’s on-stage behaviour tonight at the Governor’s Ball.
“When I saw a Black man stand up for his wife,” she said to People. “That meant so much to me. As a woman, who has been unprotected, for someone to say like, ‘Keep my wife’s name out your mouth, leave my wife alone,’ that’s what your husband is supposed to do, right? Protect you. And that meant the world to me. And maybe the world might not like how it went down, but for me, it was the most beautiful thing I ever seen because it made me believe that there are still men out there that love and care about their women, their wives.”
Many viewers and even the audience at the Oscars were caught by surprise when the incident happened. They couldn’t believe what was happening before their eyes.
Buried in all the madness is that Will Smith’s win makes him only the 5th Black actor to win the Oscar for Best Actor, and the first in 16 years since Forest Whitaker won for “The Last King of Scotland” in 2006. #Oscars — said Tambay Obenson on Twitter.
Some have come out to say that Will handled the matter poorly, and it is something that he would have dealt with privately without embarrassing himself like that. Others support the actor’s actions saying he defended his wife’s honour and Chris Rock shouldn’t have made such a joke knowing his wife has a hair loss illness.