It happened on a television show in the early 90s. The video was now rescued by many who accuse the actor of hypocrisy for the blow he gave Chris Rock at the Oscars ceremony
The internet does not forget, and since Sunday with the most controversial award ceremony in recent memory, it has been boiling with memes, comments and videos on the topic of the moment, Will Smith slap to Chris Rock in the Oscar ceremony.
The awkward moment happened in full live broadcast after Rock made a joke from the stage about Smith’s wife, alluding to the fact that her lack of hair would make her the perfect protagonist of the movie GI Jane 2, whose main role is played by a shaved woman.
Smith laughed at the joke at first but realizing that his wife did not take it well at all, he rushed to the stage and slapped a surprised Chris Rock who tried to handle the situation, while the actor, again in his seat, he angrily yelled at her: Get my wife’s name out of your fucking mouth.
What happened surprised everyone, and there were even people online who thought the exchange was part of some joke typical of these awards shows. But nothing is further from the truth because apparently the original joke, from Rock to Jada Pinkett Smith, struck a chord with the actress and her husband, the medical condition of alopecia that causes her involuntary hair loss her.
As usual in these controversial cases, the internet was divided in two, with one part of the people condemning Will Smith’s actions and the other justifying the defense of his wife’s honor.
Who is right is something that will depend on the judgment of each one, but one of the sides is making a video go viral that adds fuel to the fire and seeks to describe the actor’s behavior as hypocritical, which at the same gala in the who assaulted his colleague won the Oscar for best actor for his role as Richard Williams in the movie King Richard.
The clip sees a young Smith, apparently in his time as The Fresh Prince of Rap, in which he identified primarily as a comedian, making a joke at the cost of a person’s baldness and downplaying the offended reaction from the public. with a simple: oh, please, they are jokes.
The incident occurred on The Arsenio Hall Show in 1991, when Smith is talking about the bald ones. He then points to bassist John Williams and says that he, like all bald men, has rules, and his rule is that he has to shave his head every day. A joke that elicited a somewhat awkward laugh from the audience.
They’re jokes, says comedian Smith.
The video of the prank was shared with a message pointing out the actor’s alleged hypocrisy in taking offense at a joke about something he himself has played with in the past.
Now this is a video of Will Smith telling a joke about someone with alopecia. One of the reasons why I love the Internet, it is never forgotten, wrote one of the Internet users who shared the video on Twitter.
See hypocrisy at its best , one response read, while another wrote, She was fine joking about someone else…but couldn’t handle it when the joke was about her family. That joke wasn’t bad either .
A third went on to say, This is worse than the GI Jane joke, in my opinion.
However, others were quick to defend the fellow singer and Gettin’ Jiggy wit It hitmaker, criticizing the original tweet: In no way are you trying to equate making fun of a bald man with making fun of a bald woman.
Another wrote an impassioned response: So you’re really comparing a 20-something Will to a 50+ Chris Rock? There are things I thought it was okay for him to say when he was young and naive. I know better now, Chris should have known better.
Since the incident, Will Smith has apologized for punching Chris Rock at the Oscars on Sunday, saying his behavior was unacceptable and inexcusable and left him embarrassed.
Violence in all its forms is poisonous and destructive, he wrote in an Instagram post.
My behavior at the Academy Awards last night was unacceptable and inexcusable. Teasing at my expense is part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s medical condition was too much for me and I reacted emotionally, she continued.
I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong. I am ashamed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness , concluded the winner for best actor.
Smith also apologized to the show’s organizers and producers.
Until now, a statement by Chris Rock about what happened at the Oscars has not been known.