Will Smith has created one of the most shocking moments in Oscars history, as he stormed onstage and slapped presenter Chris Rock for a joke the comic made about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.
The drama began while Rock was presenting the best documentary during the 2022 ceremony. Rock made a crack about Pinkett Smith getting ready to film a sequel to G.I. Jane (an apparent reference to the actress having a shaved head).
“Jada, I love ya,” Rock said. “G.I. Jane 2, can’t wait to see it. All right?”
Smith gave off a wry smile, Pinkett Smith rolled her eyes and glared at Rock. Next, Smith stood up, stormed on stage, and smacked a stunned Rock in the face (he sure didn’t see that coming).
As Smith went back to his seat, Rock marveled, “Wow, wow … Will Smith just smacked the shit out of me.”
“Keep my wife’s name out of your fucking mouth!” Smith roared, again seated in the audience.
“Wow dude, it was a G.I. Jane joke,” Rock said, which prompted Smith to repeat his demand.
Looking visibly shaken, Rock paused for a moment and then told the crowd: “That was a — Greatest night in the history of television” and then continued along with his presenter moment.
The word G.I. Jane refers to a female number in the U.S. Armed Forces. It is the nickname of a girl who is into the military, is strong and aggressive, and breaks into a traditionally all-male occupation or hobby.
Jada Pinkett Smith has been open about her hair loss due to alopecia. Moore’s character in the 1997 film was also bald, which reportedly led
During the next commercial break, Deadline’s sources said that Chris Rock later approached Will Smith to apologize, and Smith has pulled aside and comforted by Denzel Washington and Tyler Perry, who motioned for him to brush it off. Smith appeared to wipe tears from his eyes as he sat back down with Pinkett Smith.
In another dramatic twist, Smith was nominated for the Warner Bros. sports drama, King Richard, and returned to the stage to claim his award for Best Actor.