The Motion Picture Academy said that it does not condone “violence of any form” after actor Will Smith on Sunday slapped Chris Rock on stage during the 2022 Oscars, after the comedian made a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith.
In a statement, the Academy added it was “delighted” to celebrate Sunday’s winners “who deserve this moment of recognition.”
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Published on March 28, 2022
By Odoh Dominic Chukwuemeka
Among Sunday’s winners was Will Smith himself, who took home the Oscar for Best Actor for his portrayal of tennis coach Richard Williams in the movie “King Richard.”
During his acceptance speech, Smith apologized to the Academy and his fellow nominees for his actions, but did not mention Rock.
Following the event, the Los Angeles Police Department issued a statement noting that Rock had declined to file a police report about the incident.
However, the LAPD noted that if “the party (Rock)” decides to file a report at a later date, the department will be available to carry out an investigation.
Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, who has alopecia—a disorder that causes hair loss and baldness—appeared at the ceremony with a shaved head. During his monologue while presenting an award, Rock joked that Pinkett Smith looked ready for a role in “G.I. Jane 2.”
After this, Smith walked up to Rock on the stage and slapped him in the face. While the audio of the altercation was censored on the U.S. broadcast, it was shown on various international broadcasts.
In the uncensored international telecast ,Rock was heard saying Smith “smacked the s**t” of of him,” adding that it was just a “G.I. Jane joke.” Smith then angrily retorted “keep my wife’s name out your f**king mouth.”
Smith appeared to have emerged from the award ceremony largely unfazed by the incident and was seen celebrating his Oscar win with his family at Vanity Fair’s Oscar After Party. The best actor winner arrived at the event with Pinkett Smith, their sons Trey, Jaden and daughter Willow.
At the party Smith was reportedly greeted by several people including Lupita Nyong’o and Trevor Noah. Smith reportedly also took to the dance floor with the Oscar in his hand and danced to his 1998 song Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It.
By Odoh Dominic Chukwuemeka
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