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What Happened between Will Smith and Chris Rock at Oscars 2022?

The actor Will Smith slapped the comedian-actor Chris Rock in the face before the audience, including celebrities and the public, at Oscars 2022. Chris made a joke about Will’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, that neither she nor her husband appreciated. The moment of heat between Will Smith and Chris Rock sooner took the form of viral news across several media platforms. The entire scene started circling on social media as trollers began making memes about it, and many other people reacted to the incident differently.

What Caused the Clatter Between Will Smith and Chris Rock?

The Spiral movie actor was on stage to present the documentary prize while engaging the crowd with some routing comedy. He made Pinkett Smith his joke’s title by comparing her with Demi Moore’s character in the film “G.I. Jane” for her nearly bald head. He was mockingly suggesting that Pinkett might appear in the second part of G.I. Jane. It was clearly visible in the video that Jada didn’t like the humoristic comment as she rolled her eyes at it. However, the sound of clapping could be heard during the joke. That very moment, Will got up, reached the stage, and slapped Rock hard, which was heard through the mic. Will Smith and Chris Rock shared a rather unpleasant moment on the stage that left people in shock for a while. The comedian also didn’t realize instantly what had happened and continued to talk about the joke, but Will yelled, “leave my wife’s name out of your f***ing mouth”.

Will’s wife has a medical problem called alopecia which is a severe hair fall disease. This was why Smith couldn’t stop himself from hitting Chris live on national television. 

Will Smith Apologized 

20 minutes after the awkward incident between Will Smith and Chris Rock, Smith won the best actor award for his role in King Richard. Oscar-winner then gave an emotional speech with tears in his eyes and apologized to the academy and nominees for the incident but didn’t mention Chris’s name at all. The American actor Sean Diddy Combs while doing the next section, said that both Chris and Will are supposed to settle the matter like a family.

Also, there were speculations about Chris filing a police report against Will, but The Los Angeles Police Department has confirmed that Chris Rock has declined to do so. He will not be pressing any charges about the altercation between him and Smith.

Memes Bursting Upon the Incident

Many across multiple social media platforms seemed offended by Will’s action. They were expecting everything but the solid intensity on the stage of the Oscars 2022 Ceremony. Other than the offensive comments and mixed reactions about the heated moment between Will Smith and Chris Rock, memers saw it as an opportunity to create memes and troll the celebrities and the situation.

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