After the incident between the two actors during the Oscars ceremony, Sunday, March 27, some personalities have chosen their camp.
The day after the 94and Oscar ceremony, actor Will Smith returned to the slap he gave Chris Rock and apologized on his Instagram account. It remains to be seen whether the actor will be sanctioned for his behavior: the Academy of Oscars has indeed announced the opening of an investigation into the incident on Monday, March 28. But the first sentence was immediate and came from social networks where many celebrities denounced his gesture and gave their support to Chris Rock, even if certain statements have since disappeared from the Web, proof that the subject remains hot.
Among them, director Judd Apatow, wrote in a Tweet which he later deleted : “Will Smith could have killed him. He simply lost control of his anger and his violence (…). He lost his mind”. Actor Alec Baldwin, meanwhile, compared the 2022 Oscars to The Jerry Springer Show (famous talk show in which guests resolved, sometimes coming to blows, their differences in public), while tweeting his support for Chris Rock: “I have not read how or even if the producers (Oscars, editor’s note) took care of Chris. But I love you”.
Richard Williams, father of tennis champions Venus and Serena Williams, whom Will Smith plays in the film The Williams Method (2021) for which he won the Oscar for best actor, said, through his son, Chavoita LeSane in an interview with the chain NBC “We do not condone any violence against anyone, unless it is self-defense.”
Finally, actress Julie Delpy, who starred with Chris Rock in his film Two Days in New York (2012) shared an Instagram photo in which she is seen hugging the stand-up star, while kissing him on the cheek. She commented, “This isn’t about taking sides, this is my experience with Chris Rock, a flawed human (like all of us) but kind, sensitive and extremely talented.”
A condemned gesture
It is not only in the world of cinema that this violence has been condemned. On his Twitter account, the American basketball player of the Warrios team, Stephen Curry says he is “still in shock, like everyone else” and evokes an “unnecessary drama”. The quadruple and triple NBA champion but also executive producer of the documentary The Queen of Basketball (2021) also received an award this Sunday evening.
For the 62-year-old British writer, Bernardine Evaristo, the first black woman to win the Man Booker Prize: “Will Smith missed an opportunity to set an example, especially for African-Americans: when he is “only the fifth Black in nearly 100 years to win an Oscar for a title role, ”she denounced on Twitter.
Support for Will Smith
However, some celebrities have on their side supported the 53-year-old comedian, judging Chris Rock’s joke on Jada Pinkett Smith and her displaced alopecia. Former One Direction singer Liam Payne told reporters, “I think whatever he did, he had the right to do it.” Actress Tiffany Hadish, she explained to the magazine People “That’s what your husband is supposed to do, right? protect you”.
Finally Will Smith was defended by the elected Democrat of Massachusetts, Ayanna Pressley, also suffering from alopecia, who thanked him in a tweet, since deleted: “Congratulations to all the husbands who defend their wives with alopecia in the face of ignorance and the insults of everyday life”.
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Julie Delpy, Alec Baldwin, Richard Williams… These celebrities who defend Chris Rock after the slap of Will Smith at the Oscars 2022