Will Smith slaps Chris Rock at the Oscars

Aiden Ball, Student Writer

HOLLYWOOD – If you’re like me and find the Oscars boring, this year’s show was far from it. At this year’s show, there was a bit of violence that went down when actor Will Smith slapped fellow actor and comedian Chris Rock in the face. Wondering why this happened? Well, you’re not alone. This event all started with Chris making a joke about Will’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith.

At first, Will was seen in the audience laughing historically at the joke that Chris had made. The joke that Chris made was as follows, “Jada, I love you. GI Jane 2, can’t wait to see you,”. This joke referenced Jadas’ shaved head which was caused by a condition called Alopecia. Alopecia is a condition that causes hair loss. Will may have been laughing but that didn’t last very long when he had realized that his wife didn’t take too kindly to the joke. 

Will then spruced into action and climbed on stage and walked straight to Chris Rock and slapped him in the face. Will then proceeded to walk back off stage and back to his seat where he started shouting very explicit language and Chris Rock about what just went down. The audience full of actors was stunned as well as the millions of people watching from home. It’s hard to say whether Will overreacted or Chris took that joke way too far. People are leaning towards both sides. 

Shortly after, Will was back on stage to very tearfully accept his award for Best Actor. Will also took the time to apologize to the academy and the audience at home for the way he reacted. The next day Will took the time to apologize to Chris Rock through social media and the two are now the best of friends again. Also at this time, Chris Rock will not be pressing charges.