Why Did Will Smith Slap Chris Rock?

Will Smith Slap Chris Rock

The Academy Awards popularly known as the Oscars is the most famous as well as the most prestigious film awards around the world. On March 27, 2022, was held the 94th Academy Awards or Oscars and during the event, there was an incident that made headlines all over the world.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, we are talking about Will Smith and Chris Rock. During the event, Will Smith slapped the host Chris Rock and its video became viral all over the internet and news. As mentioned, the Oscars are one of the most prestigious film awards and every actor thinks of getting this award or at least securing a nomination during their career.

However, not many get this prestigious award, only a few lucky and best actors get this honorable award. In 2022 Will Smith was one of the lucky actors who got nominated for the Oscars for his role in King Richard which was released on November 19, 2021.

Anyway back to the topic, why did Will slap, Chris? many thought it was just a joke but turns out it was not a joke it was not and it left everyone in shock, and it also got a bit awkward in the award ceremony. So why did Will slap, Chris? let’s find out.

Why did Will Smith slap Chris Rock?

In the viral video of Will slapping Chris we can see that Chris made a joke on Will’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith so Will walks toward Chris and slaps him in front of the audience. Will Smith’s wife Jada was diagnosed with alopecia so she had shaved her head and Chris made a joke about her saved head and suggested it to G.I Jane. However, Will was not impressed with Chris’ joke and he lost his temper.

It was not like Chris made a joke about Jada only, he was also joking about Javier Bardem and his wife Penélope Cruz just before making a joke about Jada’s shaved hair. Chris said, “Jada, I love you. G.I. Jane 2 can’t wait to see it all right?” In the video, it can be seen that Will was laughing at first but 50 years old Jada Smith seemed annoyed which can also be seen in the video, however, she did not take any action but it was her husband who went to the stage and slapped Chris leaving everyone shocked.

Of course, it was unexpected for Chris as well but he handled the situation professionally like a boss. He tried to brush it off and said, “Wow, Will Smith just smacked the s**t out of me,” rubbing his cheek. Meanwhile, Will returned to his seat and shouted, “Keep my wife’s name out of your f***ing mouth.” We must admit that Chris handled the situation and proved that he is a true professional artist.

Will Smith apologized to Chris Rock

Later Will won the best actor at the 94th Academy Awards and during his speech, he got emotional and cried. He however did not apologize to Chris Rock but he did apologize to the Academy and his fellow nominees, he then said, “I look like the crazy father just like they said about the Richard Williams, but love will make you do crazy things.”

As mentioned Will did not apologize to Chris at the Academy Awards but a day after the incident Will apologized to Chris through his Instagram where he stated, “My behavior at last night’s Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable. I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris.” He further wrote that he “reacted emotionally” and is “embarrassed” by his action.

During his speech at the Academy Awards, he also mentioned that The Equalizer star Denzel Washington told him, “Be careful at your highest moment… that’s when the devil comes for you.” After the incident, Denzel and Tyler Perry pulled Will aside and comforted him.

Will Smith is banned from attending the Academy Awards

According to The New York Times, Smith was asked to leave the Oscars after he slapped Chris Rock but he refused to leave. The Academy stated, “Things unfolded in a way we could not have anticipated, while we would like to clarify that Mr. Smith was asked to leave the ceremony and refused, we also recognize we could have handled the situation differently.”

Later the Academy’s Board of Governors proceeded with the disciplinary action against Will for his “abusive behavior” and his behavior compromised “the integrity of the Academy.” Will Smith then resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The Academy did not take away his Oscars, they said that Smith will face “big consequences but we’re not going to take that Oscar away from him.” Later it was stated that actor Will Smith has been banned from the Oscars gala and other Academy events for 10 years because of his abusive behavior at the 94th Academy Awards. Furthermore, studios like Netflix and Sony have paused their projects with Will Smith.

Has Chris Rock talked about the incident?

A few days later the incident, Chris Rock was on his Ego Death tour where he explained, “I’m still kind of processing what happened.” He further added that he is not yet ready to talk about the incident but he will talk about it someday. He said, “at some point, I’ll talk about that s**t, and it will be serious and funny.”

As mentioned, Chris handled the situation at the Academy Awards professionally, and despite all that he choose not to press any charges against Will. The LAPD told Variety, “The individual involved has declined to file a police report.” It seems that Chris is reserving his right to make jokes about the incident by not pressing any charges against Will and frankly it is totally fair.

Furthermore, a close friend of Chris claimed that Chris did not intend to offend anyone with his joke in fact he knew that Jada was diagnosed with alopecia. Chris’ friend told TMZ, that Chris “doesn’t have a mean bone in his body.” The source also claimed that Chris was really shocked and puzzled by the incident.

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