Will Smith’s Chris Rock Slap: What People Are Saying


Everyone’s talking about the latest Oscars hit, and it has nothing to do with a movie.

While presenting the Academy Award for best documentary feature on Sunday night (March 27), Chris Rock did what he’s paid to do, by throwing some jokes out at the celebrities in the audience.

One of those was a quip to Jada Pinkett-Smith: “Jada I love you, G.I Jane 2, can’t wait to see it,” seemingly referring to the actress’ alopecia, which she has been open about in interviews.

In a moment that will surely rank high among the most bizarre spectacles at an Oscars, Will Smith strolled onto stage and appeared to slap Rock with an open hand. Rock, attempting to keep his cool, delivered some shaky lines. Smith kept the beef going from his seat, by yelling at Rock, “keep my wife’s name out your f—ing mouth.”

LaLa Land can always be relied on to give us the unexpected when we least expect it. Will Smith’s smackdown was just that, lighting up social media as millions around the globe tried to figure out what just happened.


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It did happen, and Smith later apologized during a teary acceptance speech at the Academy Awards Sunday (March 27) when he collected the best actor award for his portray of Venus and Serena Williams’ dad Richard Williams in King Richard, his first gold statuette.

“I want to apologize to the Academy, I want to apologize to my fellow nominees,” he said with wet eyes, though notably failing to mention Rock directly.

Yes, anything can happen in Hollywood.

Smith’s slap resonated around the world. Check out some of the comments from gobsmacked celebs, who turned to social media and weighed in on a truly strange Oscars moment.


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