Will Smith was the talk at the 2022 Oscars, and not just because of his win for Best Actor. The King RichardThe show’s star was a slap on Chris Rock. Smith was upset about Rock’s joke about Jada pinkett Smith. Smith was thinking of a skit when he slapped Rock. Rock was stunned when Smith shouted twice at him.
This occurred 45 minutes after Smith won his first Oscar. Smith apologized to Academy, but the Academy could sanction the 53-year old actor. “The Academy condemns the actions of Mr. Smith at last night’s show,”Read a statement. “We have officially started a formal review around the incident and will explore further action and consequences in accordance with our Bylaws, Standards of Conduct and California law.”
Will Packer, Oscar producer tweeted: “Black people have a defiant spirit of laughter when it comes to dealing with pain because there has been so much of it. I don’t feel the need to elucidate that for you. But I also don’t mind being transparent and say that this was a very painful moment for me. On many levels.”Here’s how sports stars reacted to Smith slapping Rock.
Stephen A. Smith
If @willsmith seriously did that — and he wins the OSCAR — he just stained the greatest moment of his career. You cannot do that S$&@!It is a BLACK MAN’S job to be a BLACK MAN in this position.@chrisrock(ON THAT STAGE. If this was not a joke, Will won’t live this down!!!
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) March 28, 2022
One fan responded: “He’ll be fine. You’re totally over exaggerating. I salute Will for standing up for his wife. Sure it wasn’t necessary but like he said… stand and protect his family. And why are you defending Chris Rock for being disrespectful? Where I’m from you know the rules of respect.”
What did I see? @willsmithPunched @chrisrockLive on stage! Tell me, this was a joke. Please. Chris took it like a STANDUPGUY! WOW WOW WOW! Lord, please grant us the grace to Love one another especially when we are in public. #CoachPrime
— COACH PRIME (@DeionSanders) March 28, 2022
Another fan was resonated: “Damn Will Smith just punked out 4 real. Never watch another one of his shows. Regardless you ahow respect to those watching, its above you man!”
He slapped that boy fr Or I’m trippin
— Lamar Jackson (@Lj_era8) March 28, 2022
One fan said: “We all knew Will would snap one day… apparently it would be on live TV. He loves him some Jada…Will only got mad when he saw his wife’s reaction- she looked so hurt. She’s really struggling with her diagnosis…Chris should’ve known better, didn’t he do the movie ‘Good Hair’?”
Like everybody..I’m still in shock about the whole thing- but in all the unnecessary drama, at least we got the line of the night from Denzel…”In your highest moments, be careful, that’s when the devil comes for you!” 📢
— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) March 28, 2022
One fan responded: “It’s funny… A lot of people talking about how another man should feel/handle a person HE felt disrespected HIS wife in front of thousands of people.”
Y’all can say what’s y’all want about Will Smith but need to learn that a lot of people don’t play about their Wife or Children! Real Talk.
— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) March 28, 2022
One user on Twitter wrote: “Everybody talking about he should’ve handled it afterwards. What? She was disrespected in front of thousands so he handled it in front of thousands tf? Bet no one gonna say anything now.”
Shout out to Chris Rock for not rubbing his face after the smack…. I can tell he wanted too
— Rudy Gay (@RudyGay) March 28, 2022
One fan wondered: “I’m wondering why I have to turn to Japan and Australia who showed the whole thing unedited while the US gets the cut out and censored version.”