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why he slapped Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars


WILL SMITH. Will Smith slammed Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars when the comedian made fun of his wife Jada Pinkett Smith, who suffers from alopecia. The video and the explanation about this sequence.

[Mis à jour le 28 mars 2022 à 17h40] Stage or reality? Be that as it may, we’re only talking about Will Smith’s gesture to comment on the Oscars 2022. More than the victory of code, it’s the actor’s slap in the face to comedian Chris Rock that’s the subject of all the conversations. Indeed, the Oscar-winning actor for The Williams Method didn’t appreciate his wife’s shaved head joke Jada Pinkett Smith, who suffers from alopecia. He then got up to punch the comedian in the face and shook the room.

Will Smith then screamed Get my wife’s name out of your damn mouth!” This sequence caused a stir in the room, especially when the audience realized it wasn’t part of the skit. A few minutes later, the actor said of The Williams Method wins the Academy Award for Best Actor and apologizes for his gesture, but not for the comedian he punched. The Academy of Oscars later condemned the move on social media. It wasn’t Chris Rock’s first time making fun of Jada Pinkett Smith, let alone on the Oscars stage. The couple is also regularly criticized for the arrangement made during their marriage. For now, Chris Rock does not want to file a complaint against the actor.

If Will Smith knocked Chris Rock during the Oscars 2022, it is mainly due to a bad joke by the master of ceremonies. The comedian, who came to introduce the Oscar for Best Documentary, had made a joke about Will Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett-Smith, and about her baldness due to a disease, alopecia. He particularly compared her to Demi Moore, bald in the film On an equal footing† Will Smith didn’t like the joke at all, as he stood up and punched Chris Rock in the face, before yelling, “Get my wife’s name out of your damn mouth!”

This isn’t the first time Chris Rock has made fun of Jada Pinkett Smith at the Oscars. He particularly poked fun at the actress and Will Smith in 2016 when he hosted the 88th awards ceremony. Indeed, the couple had called for a boycott of the ceremony. Jada Pinkett Smith regretted that her husband was not named and lamented the Academy’s lack of diversity. “What happened this year, Chris Rock wondered during a speech. People were going crazy. Spike [Lee] went crazy. jada [Pinkett Smith] went crazy. Will has gone mad. Everyone has gone mad! Jada said she wouldn’t sell […] Boycotting Jada the Oscars is like boycotting Rihanna’s panties. I wasn’t invited anyway!” Chris Rock has regularly tricked the couple in the past, whether it’s their private lives, their careers, or Jada Pinkett Smith’s physique here. The Oscars 2022 was clearly the last straw. camel is back for Will Smith.

Will Smith’s blow to Chris Rock caused amazement at the Oscars 2022. For a while we wondered if this is part of the sketch, as the sequence is stunning. Soon, when Will Smith yells at Chris Rock with the word “fuck,” observers understand it’s not a sketch, but the actor’s bloodstream. Chris Rock’s reaction, visibly shocked and struggling to regain his composure, is also an indication that something is wrong during the ceremony. The Academy then responded on its Twitter account to remind them that they “didn’t close their eyes” to the acts of violence, but called for the evening’s winners to celebrate.

In the United States, the station broadcasting the Oscars mutes the sound, and commercials quickly interrupt the evening. At the time, Will Smith’s press attaché and several of his friends, including… Denzel Washington, go with the actor to help him calm down and advise him on what to do for the rest of the evening. Subsequently, Will Smith avoided the traditional Oscar winners’ press conference and did not comment on reporters. It is therefore not known whether Will Smith’s blow to Chris Rock was staged, the indications at least seem to point to the theory of a real bloodshed by the actor.

During the commercial break, Denzel Washington tried to calm Will Smith down, while his publicist spoke to him several times. The actor was seen in tears during this scene, probably measuring the magnitude of his gesture. A few minutes later, when the confusion was over, another sequence came and disrupted this music ceremony. Will Smith received the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in The Williams Method

In a confused speech, in tears, the actor failed to apologize to the Academy and the other nominees (but not Chris Rock), before recalling that he took his role very seriously. protector and father: “Art imitates life. I look like a crazy father tonight, like Richard Williams. But love makes you do crazy things,” he said in tears before starting: “Thank you. I hope the Academy of Oscars will invite me again.” According to Vanity Fair, Will Smith later declined to comment on the streak and did not answer questions from reporters at the press conference after his win.

What does Smith risk after hitting Chris Rock?

It is not really known what relationship Will Smith and Chris Rock had before the famous 2022 Oscars hit. According to information from Variety, citing the Los Angeles Police Department, Chris Rock is said to have decided not to file a complaint against Will Smith after the one that hit him on the Oscar stage. The Oscar-winning actor faced six months in prison and a $100,000 fine. If Chris Rock has not filed a complaint for the time being, he has six months to change his mind. The Academy is also unlikely to ask Will Smith to return his Best Actor Oscar, despite half-heartedly denouncing his behavior on social media and saying he doesn’t condone acts of violence, but rather celebrate the night’s winners.

Contrasting Reactions After Will Smith’s Slam

The Academy of Oscars published a tweet at the end of the ceremony, recalling that “the Academy does not condone violence of any kind”, preferring to remind that the evening is for “celebrating the winners who deserve this moment of recognition from their peers and moviegoers around the world.” However, social networks quickly became inflamed over this incident, with Will Smith hitting Chris Rock on live television both in the United States and around the world. Director Rob Reiner, for example, believes there is “no excuse” for what the actor did. “Will Smith owes Chris Rock a huge apology. There’s no excuse for what he did. He’s lucky Chris didn’t press charges. The apology he made tonight was everything.”

Another Tiffany Haddish story. “When I saw a black man support his wife. It meant a lot to me. As a woman, who often felt unprotected, to see someone say ‘Get my wife’s name out of your mouth! Leave my wife alone’, That’s what a husband is supposed to do, isn’t it? Protect you… And maybe the world doesn’t like how it happened, but for me it was the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen because it showed me that there’s still men who love their wives and take care of their wives.”

American journalist Maria Shiver, meanwhile, expressed herself in these words: “Will Smith says he wants to be a vector of love. But love is not violent. Love is not what was shown on a world stage tonight. We should never watch a movie star punches someone on TV and sees them get a standing ovation moments later when they talk about love.” The actor’s movie, Jaden Smithseems to have appreciated his dad’s gesture since he tweeted “here’s how we do it” a few seconds later.

One thing’s for sure, the order clearly didn’t shock the evening’s organizers enough to act on Will Smith’s gesture around the world. Nominated for the Best Actor Oscar for his role in The Williams Method, where he plays the father of Venus and Serena Williams, Will Smith was crowned just minutes after he raised his hand to Chris Rock. He even got a standing ovation from the Hollywood crowd that gathered at the Dolby Theater. However, it remains difficult to imagine the Academy making the decision to exclude the actor from his coronation. The Oscars have also tried to refocus the debate after the ceremony: in this case, it’s about the winners of the evening. An attitude that didn’t help much, since social networks only talked about it all day Monday.

In 1994, Jada Pinkett and Will Smith met. The actress then auditioned for the role of Smith’s girlfriend in the Prince of Bel-Air series, which made her famous. When the young woman doesn’t get the part, she develops a friendly relationship with the actor. It was not until 1997 that the two actors decided to go out together. They marry shortly afterwards. Their children were born with great strides: their son Jaden Smith in 1998 and their daughter Willow in 2000. Will Smith meanwhile fathered another child: Trey Smith, born of his union with Sheree Zampino, to whom he had been married since 1992. until 1995.

In 2018, Jada-Pinkett announces Smith in the series Red Table Talk suffering from alopecia, a “terrifying” experience: “My hair has always been an important part of my identity. Taking care of my hair – and having the choice to have it or not – was a beautiful ritual for me. And one day “I realized I won’t have that choice anymore.” This autoimmune disease, more commonly known as baldness, causes hair loss. She decides to shave her head completely. On Instagram, the actress reacted to the disease as follows: “From now on I can only laugh about it. You all know that I suffer from alopecia and suddenly it was translated like this,” she said, showing her shaved head. †

The couple Will Smith / Jada Pinkett Smith regularly mocked

The couple made no secret of the fact that they weren’t the traditional Hollywood couple. Especially Jada Pinkett Smith is also regularly mocked on social networks. Indeed, they mutually agreed to hang out with other people and have an open marriage. In fact, Will Smith explained to GQ magazine, “Jada never believed in a conventional marriage. Some members of her family had unconventional relationships. So she grew up in a very different way from mine. […] In the end we gave each other trust and freedom, with the conviction that everyone should find their own way. For us, marriage should not be a prison.”

At the start of this 2022 Oscars ceremony, Regina Hall hadn’t failed to have fun with the Will Smith-Jada Pinkett couple’s arrangement by inviting the most coveted singles in the room to join her onstage. She invited Will Smith to join them, adding, “Your wife is fine, you can come”. The couple had fun with this joke. However, keep in mind that their marriage and arrangement are regularly the target of criticism and jokes.