At the Oscars, Will Smith struck Chris Rock in the face after the comedian made a joke about the actor’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.
“I can’t wait for GI Jane 2,” he stated, referring to her shaved hairstyle, which is a result of the hair loss condition alopecia.
“Keep my wife’s name out of your [expletive] lips,” Smith said as he walked on stage and struck Rock. He then returned to his seat and yelled.
Smith expressed regret to the Academy.
He also claimed he wanted to apologize to all of his fellow candidates in a sad acceptance speech for best actor. Rock received no particular apologies.
The actor won his first Academy Award for his role as the father of tennis legends Venus and Serena Williams in King Richard.
He stated, “Art imitates life.” “Like Richard Williams, I have the appearance of a mad father. Love, on the other hand, will drive you insane.”
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which hosts the Oscars, issued a statement saying it “does not condone violence in any form.”
Rock’s joke was a reference to Demi Moore’s performance as the title character in the 1997 film GI Jane, in which she wore a buzzcut.
Smith looked to chuckle and clap his hands before entering the stage and approaching Rock. Pinkett Smith rolled her eyes at the remark, while Smith appeared to laugh and clap his hands before entering the stage and approaching Rock.
In the immediate aftermath of the occurrence, the comic appeared surprised, but informed the crowd, “That was the greatest night in the history of television.”
He hasn’t said anything else about what transpired.
Following the incident, the Los Angeles Police Department told Variety that Rock “declined to file a police report.”
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith were subsequently seen with their children at the Vanity Fair Oscar celebration.
Following the event, Rock presented the best documentary award, which was the reason he came on stage in the first place.
Denzel Washington and Tyler Perry had to “pull aside and comfort” a sobbing Smith, according to Scott Feinberg of The Hollywood Reporter.
During a commercial break, the trio could be seen talking just in front of the stage, with Washington and Perry placing their hands on his shoulders. Bradley Cooper, who plays Smith in the film A Star Is Born, was also seen standing by his side, appearing to reassure him.
Sean will now provide the following segment “Will and Chris, we’re going to solve that like family,” Combs stated. We’re now moving forward with love.”
“You can’t invite people from Philly or Baltimore anywhere!!” the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air actor Smith subsequently remarked on Instagram. – alluding to his hometown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and his 24-year-old wife’s hometown of Baltimore, Maryland.
Denzel Washington, Will Smith, and Tyler Perry are among the stars of the film.
Smith smiled for photographers and posed with his prize on the red carpet at the Vanity Fair Oscar party with sons Trey and Jaden, daughter Willow, and his wife.
Other partygoers reacted to the event, with filmmaker David Furnish telling his sons with Elton John that they should “never attack someone… under any circumstances.”
Tiffany Haddish, an actress and comedian, supported Smith, saying he was defending his wife.
“And that’s how we do it,” Jaden Smith tweeted following his father’s hit Rock.
Other members of the film industry chastised Smith, with Marshall Herskovitz, the producer of The Last Samurai, urging the Academy to take disciplinary action against him, and Star Wars actor Mark Hamill describing it as “the ugliest Oscar moment ever.”
He said, ” “Hecklers are no match for stand-up comedians. Physical violence, on the other hand, is a different story.”
Kathy Griffin, a comedian, and actress has expressed concern for the safety of comedians.
“Let me tell you something,” she continued, “walking up on stage and physically assaulting a comic is a very poor practice.” “Now we all have to be concerned about who wants to play Will Smith in comedy clubs and theaters.”