WILL SMITH. The day after the 2022 Oscars, the slap that Will Smith gave Chris Rock remains the highlight of the evening. While the actor has publicly apologized, have they made peace?
[Mis à jour le 29 mars 2022 à 14h29] The slap administered by Will Smith to Chris Rock still remains in the minds after the Oscars. If Chris Rock has decided not to file a complaint against the Oscar-winning actor for the moment, the Academy has publicly condemned the gesture before opening an internal investigation. For his part, Will Smith publicly apologized on Instagram, deeming his behavior “unacceptable and inexcusable”. “What I did was wrong and I was wrong […] Violence has no place in a world of love and kindness.”
But have the two protagonists of this discord been reconciled since? Sean “Diddy” Combs reportedly told Page Six that the incident” is no longer a problem. It’s over […] They are brothers”. However, the two stars would not have spoken since the famous slap. They would not have made peace yet. According to TMZ, Chris Rock would have even avoided the Oscar-winning actor during the evening following the ceremony. The American tabloid would have questioned a friend of the humorist, who affirms that the latter had not been aware of the disease from which Jada Pinkett Smith suffered.
The Academy condemns the gesture of Will Smith and opens an investigation
Will Smith apologized, Will Smith cried, but that will probably not be enough. The Academy of the Oscars announced this Monday evening in a press release that it had ordered a formal investigation, after the actor hit the comedian come to present an award to the Oscars 2022, Chris Rock. In the document posted online late on Monday March 28, 2022, French time, the Academy said it “condemned” the gesture of the star, who nevertheless received the Oscar for best actor the same evening for his role in The Williams Method.
If Will Smith hit Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars, it was above all because of a bad joke from the master of ceremonies. The comedian, who came to introduce the Oscar for best documentary, had made a joke about the wife of Will Smith, Jada Pinkett-Smith and about her baldness due to a disease, alopecia. He notably compared her to Demi Moore, bald in the film On equal terms. Will Smith didn’t like the joke at all, as he stood up and punched Chris Rock in the face, before yelling, “Leave my wife’s name out of your f***ing mouth!”
This isn’t the first time Chris Rock has poked fun at Jada Pinkett Smith at the Oscars. He notably poked fun at the actress and Will Smith in 2016, when he hosted the 88th awards night. The couple had indeed called for a boycott of the ceremony, Jada Pinkett Smith deploring that her husband was not named and deploring the lack of diversity of the Academy. “What happened this year, asked Chris Rock during a speech. People went crazy. Spike [Lee] went crazy. Jada [Pinkett Smith] went mad. Will has gone mad. Everyone has gone mad! Jada said she wouldn’t sell […] Jada boycotting the Oscars is like me boycotting Rihanna’s panties. I wasn’t invited anyway!” Chris Rock has regularly made fun of the couple in the past, whether it’s about their private lives, their careers or here Jada Pinkett Smith’s physique. The 2022 Oscars ceremony will obviously have been the last straw.
The slap given by Will Smith to Chris Rock caused amazement at the Oscars 2022. For a time, the question of a happening being part of the sketch arose. Quickly, when Will Smith shouted at Chris Rock using a language more than unusual in this kind of place, observers understood that it was not a scene, but a blow. actor’s blood. The reaction of Chris Rock, visibly shocked and struggling to regain his composure, has also been widely commented on since the incident, as proof that something went wrong during the ceremony. Before its press release announcing an investigation on Monday, the Academy reacted on its Twitter account to remind that it was not “closing its eyes” to the acts of violence, however calling to celebrate the winners of the evening.
In the United States, the channel that broadcast the Oscars cut the sound at the time of the incident and commercial cuts quickly came to interrupt the evening.