Chris Rock Shades Will Smith After Oscars 2022 Slap, Jada Pinkett Joke

The slap was heard around the world. Chris Rock shadowed Will Smith after smacking him at the 2022 Oscars for his joke about Jada Pinkett-Smith’s baldness.

Chris and Will went viral at the 94th Academy Awards on March 27, 2022 after going viral Fresh Prince of Bel Air Alum slammed the stand-up comedian for a joke he made about his wife’s hair. The moment began when Chris took the stage to present the Oscar for Best Documentary and joked that Jada – who suffers from alopecia, a condition that causes hair loss – looked like GI Jane, Demi Moore’s character from the film of the same name from 1997. “Jada, I love you. GI JaneI can’t wait to see you,” Chris said as the camera panned to Jada’s carefree face. The Oscars then showed Will approaching Chris on stage before slapping him in the face. “Will Smith just f***ing blew my mind,” Chris said. After resuming his seat, Will yelled at Chris, “Keep my wife’s name out of your frigging mouth. Keep my wife’s name out of your damn mouth!” “I’ll – OK?” Chris replied while continuing with his Oscar category.

But what happened next? In a Vanity Fair post on March 29, 2022, writer Anthony Breznican reported that Chris’ cheek was red when he returned backstage after Will punched him. The magazine also reported that Chris criticized his performance as Muhammad Ali in 2001 Ali and how the actor couldn’t even “leave him a scratch” despite playing one of the most famous boxers of all time. “When Chris Rock walked back to the backstage with the winners, his cheek was red, but he tried to play it off in front of the stunned crew and fellow presenters by cracking a joke about one of Will Smith’s other Oscar-nominated roles . A witness said he said aloud, ‘This is the only time you’ve met my Muhammad Ali and it doesn’t leave a scratch,'” reported Vanity Fair.

Chris Rock, Will Smith

Image: AP Photo/Chris Pizzello.

According to TMZ, Chris was asked by the Los Angeles Police Department after the incident if he wanted to file a police report and return assault and battery charges against Will, which he declined. The site reported that LAPD officials were at the Oscars and reached out to Chris and his team after the brawl, where they gave him his options. After Chris declined to press charges, the LAPD told him he could always file a report at a later date if he changed his mind, according to TMZ.

The day after the Oscars, Will took to his Instagram to apologize to Chris and the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences for his behavior at the awards ceremony. “Violence in all its forms is poisonous and destructive. My behavior at the Oscars last night was unacceptable and inexcusable. Jokes at my expense are part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s health was too much for me and I reacted emotionally,” he wrote. He continued, “I want to publicly apologize to you Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong. I’m embarrassed and my actions were no indication of the man I want to be. In a world of love and kindness there is no place for violence.”

Smith – who won the Best Picture Oscar for his portrayal of Richard Williams, father of Serena and Venus Williams, in 2021’s ‘King’ Richard– also apologized to Williams’ family for his behavior. “I would also like to apologize to the Academy, the producers of the show, all contestants and all viewers around the world. I would like to apologize to the Williams family and my King Richard family. I deeply regret that my behavior has marred an otherwise great journey for all of us,” he wrote. He added, “I’m in the works.”

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