Translated From: After the scandal at the Oscars, photos appeared…


Discovered on: 2022-03-30 06:22:34

The final award ceremony Oscar awards It will remain forever in the memory. And not precisely because of the quality of the nominated films, nor because of the grace of the hostesses. Not even for the brief tribute to The Godfather 50 years after its premiere. Will Smith slapped Chris Rock onstage after the comedian made fun of his wife Jada Pinkett-Smith’s baldness. That image -which shocked those who were present last Sunday at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles and shook the drowsiness of viewers from all over the planet- soon became a meme on social networks and, hours later, became the topic of discussion. Two days later, a series of images appeared that further inflamed the controversy.

Will Smith Backgrid/The Grosby Group

In this case, the “victim” is not Rock, but a little boy. In the series of photos that came to light, the recent Oscar winner is seen for his performance in King Richard: a winning family facing a boy before and after what appears to be a slap. Many, at first glance, might consider it inappropriate. However, this time the blow was not real and had a very different context.

Will Smith Backgrid/The Grosby Group

The event occurred in November 2021. Smith was with his colleague Aunjanue Ellis at an event in Los Angeles that culminated in a question and answer session. There, a boy named Chris (yes, Chris, like Rock) asked if it was very difficult to film the action scenes and asked if he could teach him how to simulate a fight. Smith then invited him up on stage to show him some moves, including giving a fake slap that looks and sounds like the real thing.

Will Smith Backgrid/The Grosby Group

In this case, the slap, which was repeated several times until the synchrony between the actor and the child was perfect, was not real, but the image of that moment took on unusual importance this week.

Will Smith Backgrid/The Grosby Group

However, the slap he gave Rock was not the only “real” one that Smith gave in public. In 2012, at the premiere of Men in Black 3 in Moscow, a comedian named Vitalii Sediuk tried to kiss the actor on the lips. That unexpected reaction took him by storm and he did not hesitate to unload on him with a backhand slap.

In the recording, which is now ten years old, you can see how the journalist took Smith by the shoulders and gave him an affectionate kiss. At first, the actor returned his affection, while he told him “Oh, my God, thank you very much”, but -from one moment to another- he took it off with his arms and He struck him with an open hand. “What’s your f… problem, mate?” he claimed, and continued walking between laughs…

Will Smith and the episode he starred in Russia, in 2012

Noticing that he was being taken by the cameras and seeing the reaction of the people present, since it was a public event, the artist regained his composure and tried to justify the fact: “Sorry, did you see? He kissed me. The boy is a joker. I’m not sorry. Not all it’s rigth”.

It all started when comedian Chris Rock took to the stage during the last Oscar award ceremony, and began to present his humorous monologue. In the course of the speech, Rock made a joke about Jada Pinkett, saying that he hoped she would star in the sequel to GI Jane (in that film, Demi Moore played a woman who shaved her hair when she entered the United States Navy). On more than one occasion, Pinkett Smith said that she suffered from alopecia and that, as she loses a lot of hair, she ended up choosing to shave her head. Until that moment, everything seemed like a joke in bad taste, albeit scheduled, like many that happen at the Oscars. But Pinkett Smith’s look of annoyance showed that the comment hadn’t gone down well with her.

At that very moment, the unthinkable happened. Smith, who was sitting in the front row next to his date, burst onto the stage and headed toward Rock. Without saying a word, he punched the comedian in the face, whose only reaction was to try to make a joke about how Smith hit him with “a beating flower.”

The slap that Will Smith gave Chris Rock in the middle of the Oscars 2022 ceremony

Until then, those present laughed enthusiastically, assuming that it was all a comedy number. But the situation gained intensity when Smith, already back in his seat, shouted the same phrase twice: “Keep my wife’s name out of your fucking mouth.” mouth”). The expression on Smith’s face, which could not hide an obvious fury, dislocated those present, and at that moment they understood that what happened was not a joke, but that the actor had really hit the presenter.

On Monday afternoon, Smith shared a brief text on his social networks in which he apologizes to Rock. “I was wrong and I was out of place”he wrote in a post on Instagram. “I want to publicly apologize to you, Chris”admitted the actor.

The short letter was headed by the phrase “Violence in all its forms poisons and destroys.” The “Prince of Rap” was limited, in the first instance, to pronounce on his actions at the event.

Will Smith’s apology in the networks

“I feel ashamed and my actions do not reflect the kind of man I am. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness.” remarked. The post came after an avalanche of comments on social networks associated with her reaction, with some in favor and others against.

He also talked about Jada’s medical condition and how it motivated him to act. “Pranks on my thing are part of my job,” he pointed out in the same way he did during his speech upon receiving the statuette. “But the jokes about Jada’s medical condition are too much to take. I acted out of emotion”he clarified.

“I also want to apologize to the Academy, the producers of the gala, the attendees and those who were watching the program”he maintained in response to the statement released by the United States Film Academy, in which they abhorred the incident that occurred.

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