Will Smith smacking comedian Chris Rock at the Oscars 2022 has left people around the world in utter shock. What initially seemed like a planned skit was later confirmed by the officials as something unscripted. The heated confrontation between the two celebrities was a reaction to a joke made at the expense of Jada Pinkett Smith, wife of Will Smith. Referring to her as “GI Jane”, Rock made an unsavoury joke about Jada’s baldness, to which her husband, Will reacted with a slap onstage.
While walking back to his seat, the actor said, “Keep my wife’s name out your f**king mouth.” To which Rock responded by saying, “Wow, dude. Yeah it was a GI Jane joke,” which further prompted Smith to repeat, “Keep my wife’s name out your f**king mouth.” Soon after, Will Smith was awarded the Best Actor in a leading role for his performance in “King Richard”, where he says, “I’m being called on in my life to love people and to protect people and to be a river to my people. I know to do what we do, you got to be able to take abuse. You got to be able to have people talk crazy about 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 okay.” The shocking instance comes after the actress, singer and talk show host Jada Pinkett Smith had recently opened up about her struggles with hair loss due to a condition called alopecia areata, an auto immune disorder. She posted a video of her hair loss in December last year, under which she wrote, “Mama’s gonna have to take it down to the scalp so nobody thinks she got brain surgery or something😜 Me and this alopecia are going to be friends … period!😆
Will Smith lodged a not-so-playful slap on presenter Chris Rock’s face. As Chris Rock took the stage, he made a joke about Smith’s wife. Rock compared actor’s wife Jada Pickett-Smith to ‘G.I. Jane’ because of her bald head. While Rock tried to smile awkwardly after being slapped, his face grew serious in no time. Denzel Washington pulled Smith over to the side for a conversation. Smith apologized for his misbehavior during his Best Actor win.