Will Smith may have won an Oscar last night for his performance in King Richard as the father of Venus and Serena Williams but the Oscars ceremony will likely be remembered for an altercation he initiated with Chris Rock.
Rock reportedly caused Smith’s ire by talking about Smith’s long time wife – Jada Pinkett Smith. More on that here.
The joke that prompted the incident was aimed at Jada’s alopecia. Alopecia is the medical term for baldness. Smith’s wife has been open about her struggle with the condition. Back in December she posted a video describing:
“Now at this point, I can only laugh,” the actor said. “Y’all know I’ve been struggling with alopecia and just all of a sudden one day, look at this line right here. Look at that. So it just showed up like that and this is going to be a little bit more difficult for me to hide.”
The joke appeared mild – but the Smith’s clearly felt it hit close enough that Will had to retaliate. This somewhat mirrors recent going ons in the MMA community, which is what prompted many popular athletes to weigh in. Take a look.
When all is said and done – it was just business.
Colby and Chris rock crying with eachother “but It was just business” pic.twitter.com/RvlcO0rW1F
— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) March 28, 2022