After Chris Rock made a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s hair, Will Smith took the stage.
Serena Williams looks to have reacted to Will Smith’s onstage punch to Chris Rock at the 2022 Academy Awards on Sunday night.
Williams, 40, posted a video to her Instagram Story shortly after the event — which occurred after Rock, 57, made a joke about Smith’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith — showing her speechless with her mouth open. “I just sat down, because I was like, I gotta put that drink down,” Williams adds in a second video.
As he handed up the prize for Best Documentary, Rock said: “I adore you, Jada. I’m looking forward to seeing G.I. Jane 2.” After recently opening up about coping with alopecia, an autoimmune disorder that causes rapid hair loss, Pinkett Smith has embraced a low shaved hairstyle.
Smith then stormed the stage and struck Rock across the face. As Will returned to his seat, a very surprised Rock exclaimed, “Oh wow.” “Will Smith just smacked the s— out of me,” says the narrator.
“Don’t say anything about my wife’s name!” After resuming his seat, Smith yelled up to the stage at Rock.
“Wow, guy,” Rock said, “it was a G.I. Jane joke!” Smith snapped, “Keep my wife’s name out of your f—ing mouth!”
“I’ll do it, okay?” “That was the… best night in the history of television,” Rock responded before delivering the trophy.
Smith later recognized the incident in his victory speech after winning Best Actor for his portrayal of Venus and Serena Williams’ father Richard Williams in King Richard, although he didn’t mention Rock.
“I’d want to express my regret to the Academy. I’d want to express my regret to all of my fellow nominees” he stated.
The Academy issued a statement condemning Smith’s conduct after the event, saying, “The Academy does not condone violence in any form.” Tonight, we are thrilled to honor our 94th Academy Award winners, who have earned this honor from their peers and moviegoers all across the world.”
Rock has chosen not to report the incident to the authorities.
The LAPD announced in a statement that “investigative entities of the LAPD are aware of an incident involving two persons during the Academy Awards event.” “During the incident, one person slapped another. The person who was involved in the incident has declined to submit a police report.
The statement stated, “If the involved party needs a police report at a later date, LAPD will be ready to prepare an investigative report.”