Will Smith Smacks Chris Rock on Oscar Stage
During the 2022 Oscar telecast, Chris Rock and Will Smith had a spat. When Rock took the stage to present the Oscar for documentary feature, he joked about Jada Pinkett Smith’s shorn head appearing in “G.I. Jane.”
In a moment that will forever define the 2022 Academy Awards, Smith then walked onto the stage and slapped Rock. “Keep my wife’s name out of your fucking mouth!” Smith raged at Rock, even though it appeared to be a joke at first.
Many in the Oscars audience were taken aback by the brawl. Diddy was the second presenter at the ceremony, appearing to promote “The Godfather’s” 50th-anniversary celebration. “Will and Chris, we’re going to fix this like family,” Diddy said of the matter. “We’re currently moving forward with love. “Everyone, make some noise.”
Meredith O. Sullivan, Smith’s publicist, stopped by during the commercial break to talk to him. During the intermission, Denzel Washington rose to speak with Smith discreetly. “At your highest moment, be careful, that’s when the devil comes for you,” Washington told Smith during his best actor speech.
Following the event, Sullivan continued to pay Smith visits throughout each commercial break. In addition, Will Packer, the Oscars producer, also visited Smith before the best actor category was announced.
Smith was nominated for his role in “King Richard” and went on to win the Oscar later that night, less than an hour later, complicating the event even more. He spent much of his speech sadly defending his behavior to his colleagues and apologizing.
During his remarks, Smith added, “Richard Williams was a staunch defender of his family.” He then apologized for his actions to the Academy and his fellow nominees.
“I want to apologize to the Academy. I want to apologize to all my fellow nominees. This is a beautiful moment and I’m not crying for winning an award. It’s not about winning an award for me. It’s about being able to shine a light on all of the people,” he said. Smith ended his speech by saying, “I hope the Academy invites me back.”
Smith and Rock have had a long-running feud. In 2016, during the Rock-hosted program, the comedian made a joke about Pinkett’s intention to boycott the Oscars due to the lack of diversity among the candidates. It was also when her husband’s critically lauded performance in “Concussion” went unnoticed.
Rock remarked, “Jada’s boycotting the Oscars is like me boycotting Rihanna’s underwear.” “I wasn’t invited!” exclaims the speaker.
Over the years, Rock has traveled with his stand-up act, and according to many sources, the comic has made jokes about Pinkett Smith during his gigs, which has enraged Smith.
Last year, Pinkett Smith said she had shaved her head due to alopecia. “Now at this point, all I can do is chuckle,” the actor wrote on Instagram.
“You’re all aware that I’ve been battling alopecia. All of a sudden, one day…it just appeared like that. This will be a little more difficult for me to conceal now. So I figured I’d just share it so no one asks any questions… Mama’s going to have to take it all the way down to her scalp so no one believes she’s had brain surgery. I’m going to be friends with this alopecia for the rest of my life!”
In the end, Questlove won the documentary Oscar for “Summer of Soul.” “I’m not talking about Smith smacking Rock,” Questlove replied in the Oscars press room when asked about Smith smacking Rock. “The Harlem Cultural Festival is the subject of this discussion.”