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Will Smith Oscars slap: watch moment actor hits Chris Rock after joke about wife Jada

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4 days ago, for the 94th time, the Oscars were awarded. While the show has often been labelled “boring and predictable” in recent years, Will Smith delivered one of the most talked-about moments in Oscars history. The actor punched comedian Chris Rock on stage after a misplaced joke about Will’s wife Jada Pinkett-Smith.

Leading up to the award, Chris joked that Will Smith’s hairdo’s wife is the perfect lead actress for a sequel to GI Jane. In the 1997 film, actress Demi Moore shaved her head to portray the role of GI Jane. The joke apparently went wrong with Will, as his wife suffers from the condition alopecia and therefore struggles with hair loss. After the joke, he walked on stage and punched the Oscar host in the face.

For a moment, those present thought that the blow was part of the show, but it soon became clear that Will was not happy with the joke. “It was just a joke about GI Jane ,” Chris said, to which Will replied, “Keep my wife’s name out of your fucking mouth.” The comedian complied with Will’s demand and then proceeded with the award ceremony.

The high-profile moment not only caused shocked reactions in the audience but also among viewers at home. For example, many find Chris Rock’s joke insensitive, because Jada Pinkett-Smith suffers from a condition that she can do nothing about. Others think Will Smith went too far.

Several fellow actors, including Daniel Kaluuya, Denzel Washington and Tyler Perry, spoke to Will to calm him down. Later that evening, Will won the Best Actor award for his role in the film King Richard. During his speech on stage, the emotional actor apologized for what had happened earlier. However, it is still unclear whether he has spoken to Chris Rock.

Film journalist Robert Blokland spoke with Fernando in Start about the high-profile moment during the award ceremony. According to Blokland, it has become increasingly common in recent years that hard jokes are made during award ceremonies such as the Oscars and the Golden Globes. Despite this, it seemed that Jada was visibly hurt by Chris Rock’s prank. “You could see from her look that she really thought: I don’t like that attention is drawn to me. Of course, it is also not nice that you lose your hair at 50. I understand that it is very painful, but at the same time, there are also jokes about other actors. Everyone gets their turn sometimes.”

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