It was the slap heard (and seen) around the world as Chris Rock’s joke on the expense of Jada Pinkett-Smith landed his face on the slapping finish of Will Smith’s hand on the Oscars Sunday evening (March 27). The WTF simply occurred second was made all of the extra complicated when the printed froze briefly and sound reduce out leaving viewers questioning in the event that they noticed they thought they noticed. As you may anticipate, the second generated loads of commentary on social media, together with some from musicians who supplied their viewpoints on the incident.
For some background, Rock, an expert comic and former Oscars host, got here out to current an award however dropped a number of jokes within the lead as much as the presentation. Certainly one of them had the comic mentioning Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith and commenting on Jada’s close-cropped hair, saying that he could not wait to see her in G.I. Jane 2. That might be a reference to a movie that famously starred Demi Moore as a navy soldier who had shaved her head, a joke that didn’t seem to amuse Pinkett-Smith who has been open about having alopecia, a medical situation that results in hair loss.
As Rock continued, Will Smith approached him on the stage, walked up and slapped him throughout the face with an open hand, then walked off as the tv feed began to glitch. Video got here again briefly with no sound, however a visual shot of Smith telling Rock, “Maintain my spouse’s identify out your fucking mouth.” When audio and video returned, Rock responded that he was going to conform, then continued, “That was the … biggest evening within the historical past of tv,” earlier than selecting again up along with his introduction of the Documentary Function class he was there to current.
Smith would later return to the stage to simply accept the Greatest Actor Oscar, and whereas talking of Richard Williams, the person he performed in King Richard, he clearly was additionally addressing a loyalty to his family in his acceptance speech. “Richard Williams was a fierce defender of his household. 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. I’m being known as on in my life to like individuals and to guard individuals. And to be a river to my individuals. And I do know to do what we do, you’ve bought to have the ability to take abuse, and also you’ve bought be capable of have individuals speak loopy about you. On this enterprise, you’ve bought to have the ability to have individuals disrespecting you and also you’ve bought to smile and faux like that’s okay,” he said. Later within the speech, he apologized to the Academy and his fellow nominees however not Rock.
Uncensored footage aired on each Australian and Japanese TV, which will be seen in tweets shared under.
For his actions on the ceremony, Smith acquired loads of response on Twitter. Dangerous Wolves guitarist and podcast host Doc Coyle supplied a number of completely different feedback on the incident and the precedent that it set. “If all these celebs might get blow torched all these years by @rickygervais on the [Golden Globes] with out slapping any individual, you’d assume Will might management himself,” said Coyle.
“I think about we are going to get lots of takes from those that say individuals ought to cease being so delicate about comedy & imply jokes however who additionally pro-vengeance & taking matter in your individual palms. It will likely be complicated,” he later added, just about predicting lots of the conflicting social media takes on the incident.
Residing Color’s Vernon Reid wasn’t so fast to simply accept the apology that Smith gave throughout his acceptance speech. “Will apologized to the Academy, however to not Chris Rock, the Black Man he put his palms on, at THE OSCARS for telling a JOKE? Nah,” he said.
Physique Rely’s Ice-T got here on the state of affairs with jokes. “The Fn Oscars bought extra HOOD than my Fn Live performance final evening… #Bars,” later including, “Effectively it’s known as a ‘Punchline’… I do know. One other unhealthy joke. Lol.”
After his preliminary shock at seeing what occurred, Anthrax’s Charlie Benante shared a spot on meme that expressed that perhaps he’d seen this someplace earlier than.
Testomony’s Alex Skolnick shared his shock and displeasure for Smith’s response to the Rock joke, whereas additionally commenting on it taking away from the Summer season of Soul documentary win. “I missed #Oscars2022 & an entire lot apparently. Fast thought: Wasn’t he the “good” rapper? In the meantime “scary” rappers have nice senses of humor, ie IceT & Snoop (his IG is LOL FUNNY). C’mon #WillSmith. You don’t have to love #ChrisRock ‘s joke however an unpleasant meltdown? Violence? Wtf?”
Danko Jones additionally shared his distaste for the way “the slap” overshadowed what ought to have been a terrific Oscar second and the irony of what was being saluted in that second. “SUMMER OF SOUL is a documentary about an necessary musical occasion overshadowed by different musical moments deemed extra necessary. Final evening, SUMMER OF SOUL’s necessary Oscar win was overshadowed by one other fairly disgusting Hollywood second deemed extra necessary.
Shinedown’s Zach Myers first shared his shock, then spoke concerning the precedent it set attacking a comic for a joke.
“Yooooooo what the fuck!!!!,” said Myers, then including, “How do you get individuals to observe a present nobody has watched in 3 years ….1,2,3.” He later noticed, “Hollywood ….. which is a joke in itself … Is now a spot the place you possibly can’t make jokes … As a comic. Lol.”
For KISS’ Paul Stanley, he took exception to the tone within the room after the incident. “Wait… Chris Rock makes a nasty joke about Jada Pinkett’s look. Will Smith walks onstage hits him within the face shouts out obscenities & later in tears accepts an Oscar saying, ‘Love makes you do loopy issues’ to a STANDING OVATION?!?,” he questioned, then including, “WTF Hollywood. That’s not WOKE. That’s WEAK.”
Lamb of God’s Mark Morton spelled out precisely how he thought that argument might have ended — with an apology.
After the ceremony, it was reported by a number of retailers that Rock had declined to file charges towards Smith over the incident.