If I told you last week that Will Smith was going to receive his first Oscar for Best Actor, would you believe me? The answer is probably yes, Will Smith is one of the most revered actors in the industry, and has tugged on our hearts in films like the “Pursuit of Happiness” and his latest film “King Richard”. He more than deserves this award, in fact some may argue that he is overdue for an Oscar.
Now what if I told you last week, that our beloved Will Smith, was going to walk on stage at this prestigious award ceremony, not to claim his Oscar, but to slap Chris Rock in the face, on national television?
Well, it happened.
Comedian Chris Rock was to present an Oscar for a documentary feature and somehow ended up making a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith in G.I. Jane, a movie about a female U.S. Navy candidate who’s head is shaved bald. The Pinkett-Smith was visibly annoyed, she has been very vocal about her struggle with alopecia, an autoimmune condition that causes rapid hair loss in the scalp, eyebrows, and eyelashes.
Will Smith was not having it.
The actor walked on stage, with Chris Rock still laughing, albeit a little nervously as Smith continued approaching. He then slaps Chris Rock on stage and walked back to his seat, where he yelled up to the stage, “Keep my wife’s name out of your fucking mouth!”
The proclamation from his seat is when the audience, both in person and at home realized, this is not a skit.
Award speeches were overshadowed, punch lines from other hosts fell flat, the show was no longer about the recipients and nominees of the awards ceremony, everyone was zeroed in on what the hell happened between Chris Rock and Will Smith.
Will Smith did receive the Best Actor award for his performance in “King Richard”, and during his acceptance speech, he apologized to the Academy and his colleagues, but did not mention Chris Rock by name.
According to the Los Angeles Police Department, Chris Rock will not be pressing charges, but social media and other spectators have not been as forgiving, with many saying that Smith decimated his long and successful career in 10 seconds of thoughtless action.
Although Twitter has Benn in shambles following the chaotic event with some people supporting Smith and others admonishing his actions, hilarious tweets have surfaced.