Yikes! After Chris Rock made a joke about Jada Pinkett-Smith being ‘G.I. Jane’ because of her bald head at the Oscars, Will Smith ran up on stage and seemingly slapped him.
Chris Rock got slapped by Will Smith at the 94th annual Academy Awards on March 22, after he made a cruel joke about Jada Pinkett-Smith starring in a sequel for G.I. Jane because of her bald head.
It all started when Chris came out on stage to present an award, and while he was standing in front of the audience he took a random dig at Jada and her bald head. At first, Will and Jada, who sat close to the stage, both laughed, but within a matter of seconds, Will was up on stage, walking towards Chris. And once they came face-to-face, Will seemingly slapped the comedian. As Will went to exit the stage, Chris said, “Wow, Will Smith just smacked the s*** out of me.”
Once Will got back to his seat, he yelled, “Keep my wife’s name out of your f***ing mouth”. Chris quickly said, “I’m going to, okay?”, but most of the exchange was bleeped out of the live telecast on US television screens. The full unedited version, which aired on Australian TV, can be seen above.
It’s not totally clear why Will go so very upset, but Jada has been open about having a hair loss condition, so it’s possible he thought the joke crossed a line.
Either way, Chris Rock carried on without making a big fuss out of the situation. And after reading the winner of his award out loud, he exited the stage.
According to a Twitter user, Will Smith was then pulled aside and comforted by Denzel Washington and Tyler Perry during the next commercial break. They allegedly motioned for him to brush it off, as Will wiped tears from his eyes. He then sat back down with Jada, who was being comforted by Denzel.
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