If you’ve been anywhere on social media in the last twelve hours then you likely know all about Will Smith slapping Chris Rock during the Oscars.
Rock made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith referencing “G.I. Jane” due to her closely shaved hairstyle.
Pinkett Smith has previously stated she wears her hair short due to an autoimmune disorder called alopecia, which causes hair loss.
After an uncomfortable look from Pinkett Smith following the joke, Will walked onstage and slapped Rock who said, “wow — Will Smith just smacked the s*** outta me.”
The only response from Rock, thus far, has been his refusal to file a police report.
Smith apologized during his acceptance speech saying, “I want to apologize to the Academy. I want to apologize to all my fellow nominees.”
He also commented on one of his Instagram posts following the slap and said,“you can’t invite people from Philly or Baltimore nowhere.”
Here is the unedited version of the slap that occurred during Sunday night’s Oscars:
WARNING: Video contains graphic language.
The viral moment has caused many online reactions, including a response from the producer of the broadcast, Will Packer.
Smith’s son also tweeted his opinion after his father slapped Rock.
And That’s How We Do It— Jaden (@jaden) March 28, 2022
The Academy released the following statement:
The Academy does not condone violence of any form.— The Academy (@TheAcademy) March 28, 2022
Tonight we are delighted to celebrate our 94th Academy Awards winners, who deserve this moment of recognition from their peers and movie lovers around the world.
Here are some reactions on Twitter from public figures and celebrities:
What was that????— DJ Jazzy Jeff the Tutor (@djjazzyjeff215) March 28, 2022
Chris Rock is a real professional cuz ain’t no way.. ain’t no way bruh 😂— Fabolous (@myfabolouslife) March 28, 2022
Wtaf????? That wasn’t scripted????? 😳😳😳😳😳😳😳😳— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) March 28, 2022
Never thought the La La land debacle would ever be eclipsed but here we are.— Natasha Rothwell (@natasharothwell) March 28, 2022
At your highest moment …be careful that’s when the devil tries to come for you 🙌🏽— Cardi B (@iamcardib) March 28, 2022
Just saw the Will Smith slap. Anyone have a late night show I can borrow just for tomorrow?— Conan O'Brien (@ConanOBrien) March 28, 2022