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.
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 video came after she had decided it was time to shave her head at the urging of the couple’s daughter Willow Smith.
“Willow made me do it because it was time to let go,” she wrote in an Instagram caption in July 2021. “But… my 50’s are bout to be Divinely lit with this shed.”
Prior to the incident, Chris Rock made the following comments:
“Jada, I love you. G.I. Jane 2, can’t wait to see it. Alright?” Chris said. After laughing it off, he added, “That was a nice one.”
“Wow, wow. Will Smith just smacked the s–t out of me,” Chris said.
Will then screamed from his seat, “Keep my wife’s name out of your f–king mouth.”
Chris then said, “Wow, dude. It was a G.I. Jane joke.”
Will then repeated, “Keep my wife’s name out of your f–king mouth.”
Chris replied, “I’m going to, okay?” He then presented the award.
Will Smith just punched Chris Rock and told him "keep my wife's name out of your f***ing mouth" pic.twitter.com/1f1ytdbMRv
— CJ Fogler (@cjzer0) March 28, 2022
Rock is declining to press charges so the Police won’t be investigating further at this time. He has the option to reconsider and if he chooses to file charges the Police will start their own investigation of what transpired.
The entire Will Smith moment went to air uncensored in Australia: pic.twitter.com/qG8WL7DEub
— casey briggs (@CaseyBriggs) March 28, 2022
UNCENSORED WILL SMITH FOOTAGE AS SHOWN ON AUSTRALIAN TV pic.twitter.com/NcRfdjWxqe
— David Mack (@davidmackau) March 28, 2022