The 2022 Oscars ceremony made an impression. This took place on March 27 and was marked by a major twist. Actor Will Smith took to the stage after a very inappropriate joke from Chris Rock. Very upset, he did not hesitate to simply slap the comedian. Silent since this event, is Chris Rock ready to break the silence? On tour in the United States and performing on stage the day after the ceremony, he first explained: “I don’t have much to say about what happened. I’m still trying to digest what happened. At some point, I’m going to talk about this shit. And it will be serious and funny, but not tonight”, he confided before specifying: “If you came to hear that, I have an entire show I wrote before this weekend.” This Saturday, April 9, TMZ revealed that the comedian could talk about it publicly, on one condition. “I’m fine, I have a whole show to go on and I won’t talk about the slap unless I’m paid. Life is good,” he said on stage. According to the American media, he has already been approached by several television channels. Will he accept?
On the Oscars stage, celebrities paraded to receive their awards. When Chris Rock came on stage, he wanted to make a little joke and it did not go unnoticed. He first referred to Ridley Scott’s 1997 film On Equal Arms, in which Demi Moore has her head completely shaved. An image he has…. Compared to Jada Pinkett Smith, the wife of Will Smith. If it was simply a joke at the start, it was very badly perceived by the actor since his wife suffers from alopecia, a disease which causes her to lose her hair. Thus, he quickly went on stage and, without saying anything, gave a violent slap to Chris Rock before returning to his place and shouting: “Never talk about my wife again!”. For his part, the principal concerned had continued the show. “It was the greatest night in television history,” he said simply. A few hours later, it was on his social networks that Will Smith had “publicly asked Chris for forgiveness”. He went on to say, “My behavior last night at the Oscars was unacceptable and inexcusable. Jokes at my expense are part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s health issue was too much for me and I reacted emotionally. “before evoking “inappropriate behavior and I was wrong”.
Will Smith: what was the reaction of the Academy of Oscars?
If Chris Rock wants to forget this unfortunate event, this is not the case for the Academy of Oscars. Quickly, it was announced that an “investigation into this incident” was open and the verdict of this was delivered on April 8th. “Will Smith is banned from any Oscar ceremony for a period of ten years,” read a statement shared by AFP. A radical decision that the principal concerned had already mentioned: “I will accept all the consequences that the board of directors deems appropriate”, he wrote on his social networks after indicating that his actions during the ceremony had been “shocking , painful and inexcusable”.
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