Celebrities such as Jaden Smith and Amy Schumer react to Will Smith’s defeat of Chris Rock Oscar 2022 Nick Viol, Nick Viol, and Will Smith.
Slap is audible all over the world. Will Smith surprised the star-studded audience when the comedian went on stage and slammed Chris Rock on his face after making a “joke” about Jada at the Oscar 2022 on Sunday, March 27.
“Jada I love you,” the comedian said from the stage, “GI Jane 2 can’t wait to see it,” said Jane Star’s Demi Moore. It had a similar style. (Pinkett Smith, 50, has often been open about losing her hair due to alopecia.)
As the camera cut to the Smiths, the King Richard star, 53 — who later won the Oscar for best actor — seemed to smile at Rock’s joke, while Pinkett Smith intensely rolled her eyes. Though it initially appeared that Smith was OK with the quip, he quickly walked onstage and slapped the Longest Yard actor, 57, across the face. Once he returned to his seat, he yelled, “Keep my wife’s name out of your f–king mouth.”
“Wow. Will Smith just smacked the s–t outta me,” Rock said to the audience before returning to handing out the award for best documentary.
The Fresh Prince of BelAir alum later referenced — and apologized for — the altercation in his speech when accepting his Oscar for King Richard.
Celebrities react to Will Smith slapping Chris Rock.
“Oh, Richard Williams was a ferocious defender of his family,” Smith said. His actions stem from the actions of Serena and Venus Williams’ father, who played in the movie. Protect people and be my people’s flow. I know what we are doing. You must be able to be abused, and you must be able to get people hooked on you. In this business, you got to be able to have people disrespecting you. And you got to smile, and you got to pretend like that’s OK.”
The 7 Pounds actor also apologized to several people for his behavior — though not explicitly to Rock.
“I want to apologize to the academy. I want to apologize to all my fellow nominees,” he added. “Art imitates life: I look like the crazy father as they talked about Richard Williams. From Rock’s “jokes” to Smith’s slap, the drama was told a lot by the 4,444 stars watching both in attendance and at home. Scroll down to see how the celebrity reacted to the incident