WILL SMITH. While actor Will Smith hit Chris Rock, causing amazement during the 2022 Oscars ceremony, the Academy announced on Monday evening in a press release the opening of an investigation…
[Mis à jour le 28 mars 2022 à 23h13] Will Smith apologized, Will Smith cried, but that will probably not be enough. The Academy of Oscars announced on Monday evening in a press release that it had ordered a formal investigation, after the actor hit the host of the Oscars 2022, Chris Rock, in full ceremony last night. In the document posted online late on Monday March 28, 2022, French time, the Academy said it “condemned” the gesture of the star, who nevertheless received the Oscar for best actor the same evening for his role in The Williams Method.
Will Smith, who was in the audience before the incident, abruptly stood up in the middle of the 2022 Oscars ceremony, before walking towards Chris Rock and slapping him violently, shocking the audience. The comedian had made a bad joke on the hairless skull of the wife of the former Prince of Bel-Air, Jada Pinkett Smithsuffering from alopecia.
Back in his seat, while Chris Rock tried somehow to resume his sketch on stage, Will Smith then yelled at the master of ceremonies: “Leave my wife’s name out of your fucking mouth!” This sequence generated unease in the room, especially when the public understood that it was not part of a gag. A few minutes after the incident , on receiving the Oscar for best actor, Will Smith apologized for his gesture, but not to the comedian he hit.The Academy of Oscars later condemned this gesture on the networks social.
It wasn’t the first time Chris Rock had poked fun at Jada Pinkett Smith, let alone on the Oscars stage. The couple are also regularly criticized for the arrangement made during their marriage. For now, Chris Rock has not wanted to file a complaint against the actor.
Si Will Smith a frappé Chris Rock during the Oscars 2022, it is therefore above all because of a bad joke from the master of ceremonies. The comedian, who came to introduce the Oscar for best documentary, had made a joke about the wife of Will Smith, Jada Pinkett-Smith and about her baldness due to a disease, alopecia. He notably compared her to Demi Moore, bald in the film On equal terms. Will Smith didn’t like the joke at all, as he stood up and punched Chris Rock in the face, before yelling, “Leave my wife’s name out of your f***ing mouth!”
This isn’t the first time Chris Rock has poked fun at Jada Pinkett Smith at the Oscars. He notably poked fun at the actress and Will Smith in 2016, when he hosted the 88th awards night. The couple had indeed called for a boycott of the ceremony, Jada Pinkett Smith deploring that her husband was not named and deploring the lack of diversity of the Academy. “What happened this year, wondered Chris Rock during a speech. People went crazy. Spike [Lee] went crazy. Jada [Pinkett Smith] went mad. Will has gone mad. Everyone has gone mad! Jada said she wouldn’t sell […] Jada boycotting the Oscars is like me boycotting Rihanna’s panties. I wasn’t invited anyway!” Chris Rock has regularly made fun of the couple in the past, whether it’s about their private lives, their careers or here Jada Pinkett Smith’s physique. The 2022 Oscars ceremony will obviously have been the last straw.
The slap given by Will Smith to Chris Rock caused amazement at the Oscars 2022. For a time, the question of a happening being part of the sketch arose. Quickly, when Will Smith shouted at Chris Rock using a language more than unusual in this kind of place, observers understood that it was not a scene, but a blow. actor’s blood. The reaction of Chris Rock, visibly shocked and struggling to regain his composure, has also been widely commented on since the incident, as proof that something went wrong during the ceremony. Before its press release announcing an investigation on Monday, the Academy reacted on its Twitter account to remind that it was not “closing its eyes” to the acts of violence, however calling to celebrate the winners of the evening.
In the United States, the channel that broadcast the Oscars cut the sound at the time of the incident and commercial cuts quickly came to interrupt the evening. At that time, Will Smith’s press attaché, as well as several of his friends, including Denzel Washington, gathered with the actor to help him calm down and advise him on what to do for the rest of the evening. Subsequently, Will Smith avoided the traditional press conference given by the Oscar winners and did not comment to reporters.
During the commercial break, Denzel Washington tried to calm Will Smith down, while his publicist came to talk to him several times. An intervention by Bradley Cooper was also photographed. Will Smith was seen in tears during this sequence, probably measuring the scope of his gesture. A few minutes later, once the confusion passed, a new sequence came to upset this ceremony since the actor received the Oscar for best actor for his role in The Williams Method.
In a confused speech, in tears, the actor did not fail to apologize to the Academy and the other nominees (but not to Chris Rock), before recalling that he took his role very seriously. protector and father: “Art imitates life. I look like a crazy father tonight, like Richard Williams. But love makes you do crazy things,” he said, in tears, before launching: “Thank you. I hope that the Academy of Oscars will invite me again.” According to Vanity Fair, Will Smith later declined to comment on the streak and did not answer questions from reporters at the press conference following his victory.
What Will Smith Risk After Punching Chris Rock?
It is not really known what relationship Will Smith and Chris Rock had before the famous slap of the Oscars 2022. According to information from Variety, which cites the Los Angeles police, Chris Rock would have decided not to file a complaint against Will Smith after that it hit him on the Oscars stage. The Oscar-winning actor faced six months in prison and a $100,000 fine. If Chris Rock has not filed a complaint for the moment, he still has six months to change his mind.
If she asked for an investigation, the Academy is also unlikely to ask Will Smith to return his Best Actor Oscar. The institution in charge of the Oscars condemned its behavior on social networks, saying “not to close its eyes to acts of violence” but preferring to celebrate the winners of the evening.
Contrasting reactions after the slap of Will Smith
The Academy of Oscars, at the end of the ceremony, published a tweet recalling that “the Academy does not condone any form of violence”, preferring to recall that the evening aims to “celebrate the winners who deserve this moment of recognition from their peers and moviegoers around the world.” However, social networks were quickly inflamed about this incident which saw Will Smith slap Chris Rock live on television both in the United States and around the world. Director Rob Reiner, for example, believes there is “no excuse” for what the actor did. “Will Smith owes Chris Rock a huge apology. There’s no excuse for what he did. He’s lucky Chris isn’t pressing charges. The apology he made tonight was anything.”
Another story from Tiffany Haddish. “When I saw a black man supporting his wife. It meant a lot to me. As a woman, who often felt unprotected, to see someone say, ‘Leave my wife’s name out of your mouth! Leave my wife alone’, that’s what a husband’s supposed to do, right? Protect you… And maybe the world doesn’t like how it happened, but for me, it’s was the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen because it allowed me to see that there are still men who love and take care of their wives.”
American journalist Maria Shiver, meanwhile, expressed herself in these words: “Will Smith says he wants to be a vector of love. But love is not violent. Love is not what was shown on a world stage tonight. We should never get to watch a movie star slap someone on TV and then, moments later, see them get a standing ovation as they talk about love.” The actor’s movie, Jaden Smithseems to have appreciated the gesture of his father since he tweeted a few seconds later: “here’s how we do it”.
One thing is certain, the sequence obviously did not shock the organizers of the evening enough for them to act after Will Smith’s gesture live all over the world. Nominated for the Oscar for best actor for his role in The Williams Method, where he plays the father of Venus and Serena Williams, Will Smith was crowned just minutes after bringing his hand to Chris Rock. He was even given a standing ovation by the Hollywood crowd gathered at the Dolby Theater. However, it remains difficult to imagine the Academy making the decision to exclude the actor before his coronation. The Oscars have also tried to refocus the debate after the ceremony: what matters is the winners of the evening, by this case. A posture that did not help much since social networks only talked about it all day Monday.
It was in 1994 that Jada Pinkett and Will Smith met. The actress then auditioned for the role of Smith’s girlfriend in the Prince of Bel-Air series, which made her famous. If the young woman does not get the role, she then establishes a friendly relationship with the actor. It was not until 1997 that the two actors decided to go out together. They marry soon after. Their children were born in stride: their son Jaden Smith in 1998 then their daughter Willow in 2000. Will Smith was, meanwhile, the father of another child: Trey Smith, born of his union with Sheree Zampino, with whom he was married from 1992 to 1995.
In 2018, Jada-Pinkett Smith announces in the series Red Table Talk suffering from alopecia, a “terrifying” experience: “my hair has always been an important part of my identity. Taking care of my hair – and having the choice to have it or not – was a magnificent ritual for me. And a day, I realized that I will no longer have that choice”. This autoimmune disease, more commonly known as baldness, causes hair loss. Jada Pinkett Smith, who is starting to be regularly mocked on social networks, decides to completely shave her head. On Instagram, the actress reacted to the disease in these terms: “From now on, I can only laugh about it. You all know that I suffer from alopecia and suddenly, it was translated like this” , she said, showing her shaved head.
The couple Will Smith / Jada Pinkett Smith regularly mocked
During their public appearances Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith have never hidden that they do not represent the traditional couple of Hollywood. The two stars have for example concluded an agreement allowing them to attend other people, and to have an open marriage. In GQ magazine, Will Smith recently explained: “Jada never believed in conventional marriage. Some members of her family had an unconventional relationship. So she grew up in a very different way from mine. […] We ended up giving each other confidence and freedom, with the belief that everyone must find their own way. For us, marriage should not be a prison.”
At the start of this 2022 Oscars ceremony, Regina Hall did not fail to have fun with the arrangement of the Will Smith-Jada Pinkett couple by inviting the most coveted singles in the room to join her on stage. She invited Will Smith to join them, adding “your wife is okay, you can come”. The couple had fun with this joke. But note, however, that their marriage and their arrangement is regularly the target of criticism and jokes.