Viewers scratched their heads after Will Smith appeared to punch Chris Rock during the 2022 Oscars.
Rock took the stage at the 94th Academy Awards to present the award for Best Documentary. During a comedy play, he joked that Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, would appear in GI Jane II, seemingly alluding to her baldness.
In the 1997 film GI Jane, actress Demi Moore shaved her head during her US Navy training.
Smith, who later won the Best Actor award, appeared to laugh at the joke before taking to the stage and seemingly meeting Rock.
Although the moment was beeped in the United States, foreign broadcasts saw the moment unedited. A clip of the moment was shared on Instagram by Amanda Hirsch, the host of the Not Skinny But Not Fat podcast.
“Wow, Will Smith just blew me away,” Rock said as Smith walked away. He added, “Wow dude that was a GI Jane joke.”
Smith repeatedly replied, “Keep my wife’s name out of your damn mouth.”
“I will, okay,” he added. “Okay, that was the biggest night in television history. So we’re here to release a documentary.”
Pinkett Smith has been open about her alopecia
The joke may have struck a chord with Pinkett Smith, who has been open about her alopecia.
The Girls Trip actress opened up about her hair loss in December 2021 Videos on Instagram.
“At this point I can only laugh. You all know I struggle with alopecia and one day you suddenly look at this line,” she said in the clip, focusing on a bald line that appeared on her head.
She captioned the post, “Mom has to get it to the scalp so no one thinks she had brain surgery or something. Me and this alopecia become friends… period.”
Was the slap real?
While actress Lupita Nyong’o, who was seated behind Smith and Pinkett Smith, appeared shocked, many took to Twitter to guess if the altercation was real.
Celebrity gossip account Deux Moi shared unconfirmed accounts of the night from her followers.
“I know someone who’s working at the Oscars right now and the slap was very, very, very real.” read a message. “People behind the scenes are freaking out because later in the night he’s still nominated and doesn’t know how this is going to turn out.”
Read another account, “Regarding Will Smith beating Chris Rock at the Oscars, I assume you’ve already seen the clips. This is from a friend who was there: “I was there when it happened… It was… uncomfortable. denzel [Washington] came over to Will Smith and spoke sternly to him about his behavior and language during the next commercial break.”
Smith referenced Washington’s comments during his acceptance speech, saying, “Denzel said to me a few minutes ago, ‘In your highest moment, the devil is coming for you.'”
In photos shared by Elvis DuranActor Bradley Cooper can also be seen in conversation with Smith.
Smith apologized during his acceptance speech
Smith apologized as he took the stage to accept his Best Actor award, although he never refers to rock.
“I want to apologize to the academy, I want to apologize to my fellow candidates.” Billboard quoted Smith, who burst into tears. “This is a beautiful moment and I’m not crying for a price. I don’t care about winning a prize. It’s about being able to illuminate all people… Art mimics life. I look like the crazy dad, just like they said I would… just like they said I would about Richard Williams. Love will make you do crazy things.”
The rapper concluded his speech by saying, “Thanks, I hope the academy invites me back.”
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