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At the Academy Awards held Sunday night (March 27), comedian Chris Rock was on stage to present the Oscar for Best Documentary. In addition to doing that, he took some time to rib his old friends, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Will Smith. Jada has recently been rocking a shaved head, and for a good reason. Last year, she revealed she has alopecia and decided to embrace the disease and shave her head.
Rock said, “Jada, I love you. G.I. Jane 2…can’t wait to see it,” which garnered many laughs, including from Will! Jada on the other hand, was not amused, as she rolled her eyes pretty aggressively. Chris Rock defended his joke, saying it was “a nice one.”
Moments later, Will got out of his seat, approached Chris Rock and slapped him across the face, then returned to his seat. Rock seemed shocked and tried to move on to presenting the award like he was tasked. It’s unclear if the altercation was staged, but Smith seemed visibly bothered when he yelled at Rock from the audience, saying: “Keep my wife’s name out of your f***ing mouth!” Most of the additional commentary from Rock was muted on American television.
Those in attendance looked stunned by the incident, with Rock responding to Smith’s comment by simply saying, “That was the greatest night in the history of television.”
Celebrities began weighing in on social media, with some blaming Chris Rock for saying the insensitive joke and others condemning Smith’s reaction to the joke with violence.
Will Smith wasn’t removed from the awards show, and he even won the award for Best Actor. But The Academy has announced they are launching a formal review into the situation.
One person who weighed in on the situation was Tim Allen, and his reaction have over 160,000 reactions on the tweet.
“It’s not ok to come up on stage and hit a dude cause you don’t like the humor. It’s not ok at a Comedy Club, concert hall or hosting some cheeseball award show. Chris Rock is a stand up comedian and a standup guy who carried on. I think I would have run,” he wrote.
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