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Will Smith slaps Oscars presenter Chris Rock on stage

Will Smith slaps Oscars presenter Chris Rock on stage

LOS ANGELES: Actor Will Smith stormed the Oscars stage and struck comedian Chris Rock across the face for joking about his wife, in a moment at yesterday’s (Mar 27) gala that immediately went viral and left stunned viewers questioning if it had been scripted or genuine.

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Monday 28 March 2022, 02:27PM


US actor Will Smith slaps US actor Chris Rock onstage during the 94th Oscars. Photo: AFP

US actor Will Smith slaps US actor Chris Rock onstage during the 94th Oscars. Photo: AFP

Rock, presenting the best documentary prize with a short comedy routine, had cracked a joke comparing Jada Pinkett Smith’s tightly cropped hair to Demi Moore’s appearance in the film “G.I. Jane” and suggesting she appear in a sequel.

In a moment that triggered awkward silence and confusion in the Dolby Theatre, Smith strode up to Rock and slapped him, before returning to his seat alongside Jada and shouting profanities.

“Keep my wife’s name out of your f*****g mouth,” yelled Smith, forcing the producers to bleep out several seconds of audio from the televised broadcast in the United States.

Jada Pinkett Smith, who is also an actress, suffers from alopecia, an autoimmune disorder which can cause hair loss and balding, and publicly revealed her diagnosis in 2018.

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Minutes later, when accepting the Oscar for best actor for his role in “King Richard”, Smith apologized to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and his fellow nominees but not to Rock.

According to The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg, in attendance, a tearful Smith needed to be “pulled aside and comforted” by Denzel Washington and Tyler Perry during a commercial break.

“Will and Chris, we’re going to solve that like family. Right now we’re moving on with love,” said Sean “Diddy” Combs, presenting the next section.

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christysweet | 29 March 2022 - 22:00:52

Whaaaa  he got up and cried and simpered but  never apologized to the man he accosted so rescind his award. At least Mr Rock was man enough to let it go, I could tell he was winding up for some zingers  but saw Smith was emotionally unstable. He also could have pressed  charges but chose not to. Smith's career is over. 

Kurt | 29 March 2022 - 12:35:51

@Foot, you are correct. I observed the same. Well, Will and Chris are both actors. Did read that tickets for the coming usa tour of Chris Rock went up from $40   to $320. All sold out. Not bad for a ( fake?) taking a slap. Yes?

Taswegian | 29 March 2022 - 11:32:37

Anything to try and make this mind numbing farce get a bit of press coverage. World championship wrestling has nothing in comparison to this staged non-event!!!

Foot | 28 March 2022 - 22:54:26

It should be noted that both Will and Jada initially smiled at the joke, then Jade gave will the look and he decided to get angry.  Both should have been ejected.

 

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