Oscars 2022: Will Smith issues a public apology for his slap

Will Smith, who later won the Academy Award for Best Actor, slammed comedian Chris Rock onstage after a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith.


VShalf-hearted consecration for Will Smith at the Oscars. At 53, after succeeding in music, television and then cinema, and 20 years after his first Oscar nomination (for Ali by Michael Mann), Will Smith left the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday March 27 with the Best Actor Oscar for his lead role in The Williams Method. He embodies the father trainer of tennis champions Serena and Venus Williams.

A few minutes earlier, Will Smith had taken the stage, apparently furious, to slap the comedian Chris Rock who had just made a joke about the shaved head of his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, suffering from alopecia, a significant hair loss . Chris Rock compared his cropped hair to Demi Moore’s shaved head in the movie On equal terms by Ridley Scott (1997). Jada Pinkett Smith, who has publicly spoken about her alopecia (hair loss) in the past, rolled her eyes. At first hilarious, Will Smith ended up going on stage to slap Chris Rock, the sound of the blow resonating in the microphones in front of the stunned spectators.

“Love Makes You Do Crazy Things”

ABC channel muted the sound during the ensuing scene, but the dialogue was audible on foreign televisions. “Wow. wow. Will Smith just took my head off, ”said Chris Rock. “It was a joke about On equal terms », he justified himself to the actor. “Leave my wife’s name out of your fucking mouth,” Will Smith yelled angrily, returning to his wife’s side. In tears when receiving his award, Will Smith made amends. “I want to apologize to the Academy” of the Oscars, he launched, after having caused a moment of amazement in the room a little earlier. “Love makes you do crazy things,” said Will Smith upon receiving his trophy.

Los Angeles police say they are “aware of a two-person incident during” the Oscars, in which “one individual slapped another.” “The individual involved refused to file a complaint,” added the police without naming Chris Rock. If he decides to file a complaint later, the police “will be available to complete an investigation report”, she continued.

The Academy of Oscars opens an investigation

The Academy of Oscars announced on Monday that it had opened an “investigation” into the incident that occurred during the gala evening. “The Academy condemns the actions of Will Smith during last night’s show,” wrote the organization in a press release sent to Agence France-Presse. “We have officially started an investigation into this incident”, specifies the Academy which will examine the follow-up to be given with regard to its “regulations and Californian law”.

Will Smith, after apologizing on stage Sunday night, publicly apologized to Chris Rock by posting a lengthy text on his Instagram account. “I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I overstepped the mark and I was wrong. I am embarrassed and my actions were not representative of the man I want to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness. »

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Oscars 2022: Will Smith issues a public apology for his slap