Worldwide celebrities have reacted with shock, condemnation, and in some circumstances, reward, after actor Will Smith walked on stage and slapped comic Chris Rock throughout the Oscars in Los Angeles.
The altercation, which performed out on reside tv in entrance a gobsmacked viewers of fellow actors on the 94th Academy Awards on Sunday night time, got here after Rock joked about Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head, likening her to the film character GI Jane.
Pinkett Smith, who has been married to Will Smith 1997, has spoken publicly about her struggles with alopecia, an autoimmune situation that leads to hair loss, and her resolution to shave her head.
After the assault, Smith, who went on to win the very best actor award for his efficiency in King Richard, wherein he performed the daddy of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams, returned to his seat, yelling at Rock, “Take my spouse’s title out of your f****** mouth”.
Will Smith owes Chris Rock an enormous apology. There isn’t any excuse for what he did. He’s fortunate Chris shouldn’t be submitting assault fees. The reasons he made tonight have been bullshit.
— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) March 28, 2022
“Wow, Will Smith simply smacked the s*** outta me,” mentioned a shocked Rock, who took a second to gather himself earlier than resuming presenting the nominees for finest documentary function.
Rock declined to press fees, in accordance with US media. Rapper Sean “Diddy” Combs later informed the New York Put up that the duo had squashed the unhealthy blood, saying, “That’s over. I can affirm that”.
Throughout his acceptance speech, Smith apologised to the Academy and his “fellow nominees”, however didn’t reference Rock immediately. As a substitute, he likened himself to the character he portrayed within the movie.
“Richard Williams was a fierce defender of his household,” Smith mentioned. “On this time in my life, on this second, I’m overwhelmed by what God is asking on me to do and be on this world.”
“Artwork imitates life,” he added. “I regarded just like the loopy father, identical to they mentioned. However love will make you do loopy issues.”
Neither entertainer has since publicly addressed the scenario.
And That’s How We Do It
— Jaden (@jaden) March 28, 2022
Nonetheless, others have weighed in, with the Smiths’ son, Jaden Smith, tweeting after the imbroglio, “that’s how we do”.
Comic Tiffany Haddish informed a Los Angeles Instances reporter, “I believe Chris was messy.”
“As a lady who had a husb[and], I want my husb[and] wld [would] have stood up 4 me the best way [Will] stood up for [Jada],” she mentioned, in accordance with the reporter’s tweet. “That’s what each lady desires, proper? She was damage. And he protected his spouse. And that’s what a person is meant to do.”
Others condemned the violence, with filmmaker Rob Reiner tweeting “Will Smith owes Chris Rock an enormous apology”.
Violence isn’t okay. Assault is rarely the reply. Additionally? That is the 2nd time that Chris has made enjoyable of Jada on the #Oscars stage, & tonight he went after her alopecia. Punching down at somebody’s auto-immune illness is improper. Doing so on function is merciless. They each want a breather.
— Sophia Bush (@SophiaBush) March 28, 2022
“There isn’t any excuse for what he did. He’s fortunate Chris shouldn’t be submitting assault fees,” he wrote. “The reasons he made tonight have been bulls***.”
The actress Sophia Bush made an analogous argument, and mentioned that “violence isn’t okay. Assault is rarely the reply.”
She added: “Punching down at somebody’s auto-immune illness is improper. Doing so on function is merciless. They each want a breather.”