WILL SMITH. Will Smith’s slap to Chris Rock caused unease and amazement at the 2022 Oscars. The Oscar-winning actor apologized, while the Academy announced to open an “investigation”.
[Mis à jour le 29 mars 2022 à 9h31] “I reacted emotionally.” It is with these words that Will Smith publicly reacted after slapping Chris Rock on the stage of the Oscars 2022, this Sunday, March 27, 2022. The Oscar-winning actor for The Williams Method publicly apologized on Instagram: “My behavior last night at the Oscars was unacceptable and inexcusable. Jokes at my expense are part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s health issue was too much for me and I reacted emotionally.”
Indeed, Chris Rock had made a joke of bad taste on the shaved head of the wife of Will Smith. Jada Pinkett Smith indeed suffers from alopecia, a disease that causes hair loss. Will Smith then personally apologized to Chris Rock, whom he had not mentioned during his apology on the Oscars stage during his acceptance speech a few minutes later: “I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris , he wrote on Instagram. What I did was wrong and I was wrong. I am embarrassed and my act does not represent the man I want to be. Violence has no place in a world of love and kindness.” This wasn’t the first time Chris Rock had poked fun at Jada Pinkett Smith, let alone on the Oscars stage. The couple is also regularly mocked about their open marriage or supposed extramarital affairs. For now, Chris Rock has not wanted to file a complaint against the actor.
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…