At the 2022 Oscars, Chris Rock made a joke about Will Smith’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head, which led to a confrontation between the two actors, with Will slapping Chris on the stage.
Will Smith smacked Chris Rock on stage at the Oscars after the comedian made a joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith – a moment that has now gone viral.
Celebrities have already reacted to the incident, which made viewers uncomfortable and prompted The Academy to issue a statement saying it “does not condone violence in any form.”
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Following the strike, Chris is claimed to have decided not to pursue charges against Will, who went on to win his first Academy Award for best actor for his work in King Richard later that evening.
But, precisely what did Chris say about Jada at the Oscars that infuriated Will?
Here’s a quick rundown…
What did Chris Rock say about Jada Pinkett Smith to Will Smith at the Academy Awards, and what did the G.I. Jane joke mean?
Chris joked about Will winning the Oscar for best actor over another nominee on stage at the Oscars before addressing Jada.
“I love you, Jada,” he said. “I can’t wait to see you in G.I. Jane 2,” Jada says, rolling her eyes at the jest.
The G.I. Jane joke is a reference to Demi Moore’s role as Jordan O’Neil in the 1997 action film G.I. Jane, in which she shaves her head to cement her position as a Navy Seal.
Jada rolled her eyes at Chris’ swipe at her buzzcut haircut because she had previously spoken out about her desire to shave her head after suffering from alopecia.
The Academy does not condone violence of any form.
Tonight we are delighted to celebrate our 94th Academy Awards winners, who deserve this moment of recognition from their peers and movie lovers around the world.
— The Academy (@TheAcademy) March 28, 2022
Will stepped onstage after the joke about her physical condition and slapped the comedian before returning to his seat.
Chris said, “Will Smith just smacked the s**t out of me,” and added, “Will Smith just smacked the s**t out of me.”
Will then yelled again from his place onstage, “Keep my wife’s name out of your f***ing mouth!”
Later that evening, during his Oscar acceptance speech, the husband of Jada went on to apologize to his peers and the Academy, saying, “Love will make you do insane things.”
On Instagram, Will Smith apologized to Chris Rock.
On March 29, the day after the Oscars, the King Richard actor delivered a public apology to Chris Rock, the Academy, and the Williams family.
Will tweeted his statement to his 61.7 million Twitter followers, writing: “Violence is poisonous and harmful in all of its forms. My behavior at the Academy Awards last night was both disrespectful and inexcusable.”
“Jokes about my medical condition are part of the work, but one about Jada’s illness was too much for me to handle, and I reacted emotionally. Chris, I’d like to officially apologize to you. I was both out of line and incorrect.”