Chris Rock Gave His Take On The Slap & It Broke The Internet
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“The Slap” is back! After keeping quiet for nearly a year, Chris Rock finally addressed the infamous Oscars kerfuffle in Netflix’s first-ever live special: “Selective Outrage.” Keep watching to find out what he said, and what those on the Internet are saying about it.
During the 94th Academy Awards on March 27, 2022, actor Will Smith walked onstage and slapped comedian Chris Rock across the face during Rock’s presentation for Best Documentary Feature. The slap was in response to Rock’s joke about Smith’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head, which she had been shaving since 2021 due to alopecia areata. Smith returned to his seat and shouted, “Keep my wife’s name out your fucking mouth!” at Rock twice, who briefly responded, then completed his presentation without further interruption.
Later that evening, Smith won Best Actor and apologized to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and other nominees, but not to Rock, in his acceptance speech. The next day, he issued an apology to Rock and the Academy through social media. Smith resigned his Academy membership on April 1, facing a potential suspension or expulsion, and was banned from attending Academy events for 10 years, effective April 8. The incident received worldwide attention and largely overshadowed the rest of the ceremony.
On March 31, additional smartphone footage was published from an audience member’s perspective of the Smiths’ table. This seems to show the reaction of Pinkett Smith during and after the joke, as unamused and rolling her eyes during the joke but then seeming to laugh when Rock commented, “Will Smith just smacked the shit out of me.” and “That was a … greatest night in the history of television.