Will Smith yelled at Chris Rock to “keep my wife’s name out of your friggin’ mouth” after beating the comedian onstage at the 94th Academy Awards in what some considered the most shocking incident in Oscars history referred to as.
Amid a flurry of international backlash from shocked stars and fans, questions have been raised as to whether Smith could be forced to return the best actor award he received minutes after the violent outburst in which the academy announced it was holding a ” formal review”.
Rock was on stage at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles to present the Best Documentary Award when he made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s performance.
“Jada, I love you. GI Jane 2He can’t wait to see you,” he joked in an apparent reference to the actor’s shaved head.
Pinkett Smith – who revealed last year that she shaved her head after battling alopecia – was seen in the audience with her husband and rolled her eyes at the joke.
After Rock’s comment, Smith got up and continued to the stage.
“Uh oh…” Rock was heard to utter.
Smith then continued hitting Rock and then walked off the stage back to his seat.
“Will Smith just blew my mind,” Rock said, looking visibly shocked at the moment.
Smith was then heard to yell, “Keep my wife’s name out of your friggin’ mouth,” to which Rock replied, “Wow… dude. It was a GI Jane to kid.”
“Keep my wife’s name out of your damn mouth,” Smith yelled again. “I’ll…” replied the comedian, who seemed nervous at the interaction.
“It was the biggest night in television history,” Rock said before presenting the award for Best Documentary.
Many viewers reported that the TV show’s audio cut out during Smith’s outburst.
The Independent has reached out to a Smith’s representative for comment.
Denzel Washington, Bradley Cooper and Tyler Perry were seen comforting Smith after the incident, with Smith revealing what Washington told him during his best actor speech King Richard.
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Earlier in the ceremony, Regina Hall – who hosted the ceremony alongside Amy Schumer and Wanda Sykes – poked fun at Smith and Pinkett Smith’s marriage with a quip that made the couple laugh.
After the incident, a joke Rock made about Pinkett Smith at the 2016 Oscars resurfaced online.
Smith won the Oscar for Best Actor. During his speech, he tearfully apologized to the Academy and his fellow candidates.
Will Smith breaks down in tears during Oscar acceptance speech
“I know what we’re doing, you have to be able to take abuse and get people talking crazy about you,” he said. “In this business you have to be able to have people not respect you and you have to smile and act like that’s okay.
“I want to be a vessel for love. I would like to thank Venus and Serena and the entire Williams family for entrusting your story to me. I want to do that. I want to be an ambassador of that kind of love, care and concern.”
Smith said he wanted to apologize to the academy and his fellow candidates for the incident. In particular, he didn’t apologize to Rock himself.
At the end of his lengthy speech, Smith joked that he hoped the academy would “invite me back.”
Shortly after the altercation, Smith — who is from Philadelphia and whose wife is from Baltimore — joked on Instagram that “you can’t invite people from Philadelphia or Baltimore anywhere.”
Following the conclusion of the Academy Awards ceremony, the academy released a tweet that read: “The academy does not condone violence of any kind.
“Tonight we are delighted to celebrate our 94th Oscar winners, who deserve this moment of recognition from their peers and film lovers around the world.”
Another statement from the Academy, issued after an emergency meeting, said Hollywood reporter“condemned” Smith’s actions and announced that it had “officially initiated a formal review of the incident and will consider further actions and consequences consistent with our bylaws, standards of conduct and California law.”
The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) confirmed in a statement that it was aware of an incident at the Oscars, but that no one involved had filed a complaint.
“LAPD investigative authorities are aware of an incident between two individuals during the Academy Awards program,” a spokesman said.
“In the incident, one person hit another. The person concerned declined to make a complaint to the police. If the party involved desires a police report at a later date, the LAPD is available to prepare an investigative report.”
Smith’s 23-year-old son, rapper and actor Jaden Smith, also commented on the incident in a now-deleted tweet.
After the ceremony, footage circulated on social media showing Smith dancing to his 1997 hit single “Gettin’ Jiggy wit It.” vanity fair‘s star-studded after-party, where he also posed with fans for photos at the event.
The incident sparked widespread global reactions, including some condemnations of Smith’s violent – and apparently unsolicited – defense of his wife.
But many also jumped to Smith’s defense, including Pinkett Smith’s girl trip co-star Tiffany Haddish, who narrated People: “It meant the world to me. And maybe the world doesn’t like the way it ended, but for me it was the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen because it made me believe that there are still men out there who love their wives, their wives and take care of them. ”
Whoopi Goldberg, an acting governor of the Academy’s acting branch, said that while she was “sure” that “there will be consequences” for Smith, “we’re not going to take that Oscar away from him.”
Speaking on the US talk show The viewGoldberg suggested that Smith “overreacted” and “snapped” under pressure, adding, “Sometimes you get to a point where you misbehave… I’ve misbehaved myself on occasion.”
After apparently offering to mediate between Smith and Rock while presenting a special tribute to him on stage The GodfatherCelebrating its 50th anniversary, rapper P. Diddy – who attended the Oscars after-party – claimed the couple had already made amends.
“It’s not a problem, it’s over, I can confirm that,” said the 52-year-old, whose real name is Sean Combs page six, without going into how Smith and Rock had fixed things. “It’s all love,” he added. “They are brothers.”
Radio host Howard Stern was among those who slammed Smith, comparing him to former US President Donald Trump and calling them “the same guy,” while Piers Morgan claimed Smith previously told him in an “annoying” encounter that “Reg my wife not up”. for an interview with her in 2011.
Several British MPs also commented on the saga, with Tory MP Simon Hoare claiming he went further and “fired” the comedian for joking about his wife, and Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer saying he was “quite shocked” by Smith’s actions.
Conservative MP Dehenna Davison went so far as to write to Smith inviting him to address MPs for the All Party Parliamentary Group on One Punch Assaults, of which she chairs.
The full list of 2022 Oscar winners can be found here.
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