In an unexpected turn of events, Will Smith stormed onto the Oscars stage and struck Chris Rock in the face. The unexpected incident came as a startling disruption to Hollywood’s big celebration.
However, when Smith returned minutes later to give his 1st Academy Award speech, he broke down in tears, as he expressed regret for his actions, which were destined to overshadow his momentous triumph.
During the awards show on Sunday night, Smith used the occasion to talk about the importance of being a tough defender, much like his tennis dad role, Richard Williams, from the movie “King Richard.”
The dramatic Oscars stage brawl between Will Smith and Chris Rock now available to see on YouTube.
“ Will Smith just smacked the s**t outta me “
— Jaat👑 (@bluntJaat_) March 28, 2022
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Will Smith smacked Chris Rock in the face at the Oscars just after the comedian aimed a joke at Smith’s wife, actress Jada Pinkett Smith, in a weird incident during the ceremony.
After Rock cracked a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s looks that didn’t sit well with Smith, he felt compelled to act as a guardian for many others, including his wife, Jada.
In his victory speech after winning the Academy Award for best actor, Smith noted, “Richard Williams was indeed a staunch protector of his family.”
He apologized to a large number of people after the incident, notably tennis stars Serena and Venus Williams, Richard Williams’ children, but he did not specifically address Rock in his statement.
In his subsequent remarks, Smith spoke on his role as a defender for all those who collaborated with him on the film, including Aunjanue Ellis, as well as Saniyya Sidney and Demi Singleton, who portrayed Venus and Serena, respectively.
WILL SMITH is an absolute DISGRACE. Looks like he’s being Celebrated for the whole “Sticking up for his wife” spin, but he’s an absolute FOOL. CHRIS ROCK handled it Very Well. REVOKE HIS AWARD. pic.twitter.com/dxmq6tXwLC
— Greg Kelly (@gregkellyusa) March 28, 2022
Smith Delivers a Speech
After receiving his first Academy Award, Smith delivered an emotional acceptance speech in which he stated, “I’ve been asked in my lifetime to love people and to defend people and to be a stream to my people.”
“To accomplish what we do, I understand that you must be tolerant to criticism and abuse. You must be able to get others to speak about you in a positive way.”
“To be successful in this industry, you must be able to tolerate others treating you poorly, and you have to put on a happy front and act as though everything is well.”
Will Smith, who won the Academy Award for best actor in a starring role for ‘King Richard,’ focused his acceptance speech on safeguarding his family, following an on-stage dispute with Chris Rock.
During the encounter, Rock pointed his finger at Pinkett Smith’s bald head, telling her, “Jada, I adore you. Can’t wait to watch ‘G.I. Jane 2,’ all right?”
Rock then proceeded to add, “Jada, I love you. Rock’s allusion was to the 1990s film “G.I. Jane,” in which Demi Moore played a fake Navy Seal candidate who buzzed her head in order to play the role.
Earlier this year, Pinkett Smith stated that she’d been diagnosed with traction alopecia. She has often mentioned the difficulties she suffered as a result of the loss of hair.