Will Smith slapped Chris Rock in the face on stage at the Oscars after the ridiculous made a joke about the actor’s woman Jada Pinkett Smith.
“Jada, can not await for GI Jane 2,“he said, in an apparent reference to her shaved hairstyle-which is a result of the hair loss condition alopecia.
Smith walked on stage and struck Rock before returning to his seat and crying” Keep my wife’s name out of your ( expletive) mouth.“
He latterly apologised on stage.
“I want to apologise to the Academy. I want to apologise to my all my fellow nominees,“he said during a tearful acceptance speech for best actor.
The star picked up the first Oscar of his career for playing the father of tennis legends Venus and Serena Williams in King Richard.
” Art imitates life,“he said.“I look like the crazy father, just like they said about Richard Williams. But love will make you do crazy stuff.”
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which organises the Oscars, twittered that it“does not blink violence of any form”.
Rock’s joke related to 1997 film GI Jane, in which Demi Moore played the title role with a severe buzzcut.
The funnyman looked stupefied in the immediate fate of the incident, but told the followership“That was the topmost night in the history of TV.“
The Los Angeles Police Department afterward told Variety that Rock had” declined to file a police report” following the event.
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith latterly attended the Vanity Fair Oscar party with their children
After the incident, Rock handed over the best documentary prize, which was the reason he was on stage.
According to The Hollywood Journalist’s Scott Feinberg, a tearful Smith wanted to be” pulled away and assured“by Denzel Washington and Tyler Perry.
The triad could be seen talking just in front of the stage during an advert break, with Washington and Perry putting their hands on his shoulders. A Star is Born actor Bradley Cooper was also seen standing with Smith and appearing to assure him.
Presenting the coming section, Sean“Diddy“Combs said“Will and Chris, we are going to work out that like family. Right now we are moving on with love.”
Other guests at the party responded to the incident, with filmmaker David Furnish saying he tells his sons with Elton John” don’t hit anybody. under any circumstance”.
But actress and comedian Tiffany Haddish defended Smith, saying he’d been standing up for his woman.
Jaden Smith twittered after his father hit Rock“And that is how we do it.”
Other members of the film industry criticised Smith, with The Last Samurai producer Marshall Herskovitz calling on the Academy to take correctional action against him and Star Wars actor Mark Hamill calling it“the ugliest Oscar moment ever”.
Hollywood star Mia Farrow twittered“It was just a joke.”
Journalists had been taking part in the traditional confidentially press conference, but attention suddenly turned to the overhead screens and what was going on at the solemnity.
At first, it had looked like some kind of set-up. Smith indeed appeared to laugh at first after Rock delivered his line about his woman looking like GI Jane.
Jada looked bothered, but at this point it was still assumed this was all part of some kind ofpre-planned routine.
incertitude began to creep in when Smith rose from his seat and hit Rock on the stage. Of course, these guys are vets of film and TV, and would know how to carry out a fake stage poke. Except, everyone was starting to suppose, it did not look that fake.
By the time Smith was sitting back in his seat and yelling to Rock to” keep my wife’s name out your ( expletive) mouth”, it was clear this was no sketch. A professional like Smith would know better than to drop the F- lemon on stage during a live Television broadcast.
major like former Oscars that were defined by their viral moments- alike as Ellen’s group selfie or the best picture winner mix-up in 2017-this will now continually be the Oscars where Will Smith punched Chris Rock.