In what might be the craziest moment in Oscar history, Will Smith jumped on stage and punched Chris Rock as the comedian presented best documentary at the 2022 Oscars.
The unscripted moment came after the comedian joked about Jada Pinkett Smith’s hair loss, a symptom of alopecia. GI Jane 2I can’t wait to see it,” Rock said, before the actress rolled her eyes. Will initially seemed to laugh at the joke, but then took the stage. After Rock said, “Uh oh”, Smith punched Rock before returning to his seat.
VIA JAPANESE TELEVISION: The uncensored exchange between Will Smith and Chris Rock pic.twitter.com/j0Z184ZyXa
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There was a big stir when Smith punched Rock, with people in the audience assuming it was a skit and some claiming Smith’s slap amounted to a real felony assault. audience, “Will Smith just scared the hell out of me.”
The sound was cut from the TV broadcast, but Smith shouted, “Keep my wife’s name out of your fucking mouth.” Rock said, “Wow man, that was a ‘GI Jane’ joke,” before Will repeated the warning. go on to say, “It was the greatest night in television history.”
Last December, Jada opened up about her alopecia on Instagram, writing, “Mom’s gonna have to chop it down on the scalp so no one thinks she’s had brain surgery or something. Me and this let’s be friends… period!”
It’s not the first time Rock has joked about the couple: When he presented the Oscars in 2016, he said, “Jada Pinkett Smith is boycotting the Oscars, it’s like me boycotting Rihanna’s panties: I don’t was not invited!”
Footage shows Tyler Perry and Denzel Washington comforting Smith moments after the feud, with Smith appearing to wipe his eyes. Smith later revealed during his acceptance for Best Actor that Washington told him, “At your highest moment, be careful, that’s when the devil comes for you.
After the moment Will Smith apparently slapped Chris Rock in the #OscarsSmith is comforted by Tyler Perry and Denzel Washington. He seems to wipe his tears before joining his wife. pic.twitter.com/TyXPQe1WGY
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Immediately after the incident, Rock announced that the Questlove-directed film soul summer won the prize. Backstage, a reporter asked Questlove about the mood in the room when he began his speech. “I’m not talking about that,” Questlove said, staring straight ahead and sounding frustrated. Cultural festival. An Academy representative told reporters, “I caution you not to ask about anything other than the people on stage.
Later, Smith won Best Actor for his role as Richard Williams in King Richard(the film received six nominations in total). He approached the scene with a smile, appearing to reference the incident. “Richard Williams was a fierce advocate for his family. At this time in my life, right now, I am overwhelmed with what God is calling me to do and be in this world,” Smith said. in my life to love people and to protect them. And to be a river for my people. you have to be able to be mistreated, that people talk about you like crazy. In this job, you have to be able to have people disrespecting you and you have to smile and pretend it’s okay.
“I want to apologize to the Academy, I want to apologize to all of my fellow nominees,” he added. “Art imitates life; I look like the mad dad they said about Richard Williams. Love will make you do crazy things…I hope the Academy invites me back.
Will Smith laughs and has sex after the show pic.twitter.com/M0SIz1LvXc
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Early Monday morning, an LAPD spokesperson confirmed that Rock had declined to press charges against Smith. “LAPD investigative entities are aware of an incident between two people during the Oscars program,” the spokesperson in a statement. individual by slapping another. The individual involved refused to file a police report. If the party involved wants a police report at a later date, the LAPD will be available to complete an investigative report.
Additional reporting by Nancy Dillon and Tatiana Siegel