Academy Awards 2022

Will Smith smacks Chris Rock on stage at Oscars, drops F-bomb

Actor Will Smith slaps comedian Chris Rock during the 94th annual Academy Awards ceremony at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, US, on 27 March 2022. (EPA-EFE / ETIENNE LAURENT)

March 27 (Reuters) - Best actor nominee Will Smith smacked presenter Chris Rock in the face with an open hand and shouted a vulgarity at the comedian for making a joke about his wife's appearance at the Oscars ceremony on Sunday.

Rock made a joke about the hairstyle of Smith’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith that referenced the movie “G.I. Jane” in which actress Demi Moore shaved her head.

Smith, who is nominated for best actor for “King Richard,” walked on stage and slapped Rock in what at first appeared to be a scripted joke. But the mood turned somber moments later when Smith, back in his seat, shouted back, “Keep my wife’s name out of your fucking mouth.”


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  • Geoff Krige says:

    If this is the kind of highly visible role models our society applauds, we can expect to go on producing more Hitlers, Putins, Assads. Terrible lack of control and display of violent expression of aggression and anger.

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