As the 94th Academy Awards dragged through the night, it appeared to be an arguably mediocre night. Forced comedic dialogue between random movie stars and interesting musical sets split up a night of recognition of the most outstanding talent from the previous year.
But then Chris Rock took the stage to read out some documentary nominees. In the middle of his joke-filled lead-up to the nominees, Chris Rock received a slap in the face and verbal threat from Will Smith.
No, this was not scripted. And, no, Will Smith did not have any nice things to say.
Several people rushed to Twitter to share and view the clip, like @mjflipe, who explains the situation as such:
Here is the clip of Will Smith getting up, walking towards Chris Rock onstage and hitting him. This came after Chris joked about Will’s wife Jada’s bald hair. Smith then uttered these words from his seat – ‘Leave my wife’s name out of your f* mouth’.
Check it out:
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WATCH: Here is the clip of Will Smith getting up, walking towards Chris Rock onstage and hitting him. This came after Chris joked about Will's wife Jada's bald hair. Smith then uttered these words from his seat – 'Leave my wife's name out of your f* mouth'. pic.twitter.com/pkPJ5sUfyf
— MJ Felipe (@mjfelipe) March 28, 2022
TVs across America went silent to block out the profanities that spewed from Will Smith’s mouth that made it clear Chris Rock was not to mention his wife’s name again. But the broadcasts in different countries kept rolling. Other tweets have the full recording; however, decorum keeps us from adding them to this article.
What was the joke? Chris Rock called out Jada Pinkett Smith, saying that he was looking forward to G.I. Jane 2; Comparing her bald head to that of Demi Moore in the 90s military action drama G.I. Jane.
Later that night, Will Smith went on to win the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role and appeared to double down on his shot at Chris Rock saying how his character King Richard–from the biopic movie of the same name about Serena and Venus Williams’ father–defended his family.
Now young Disney fans watching the Oscars may have been caught off guard. While already a household name, Will Smith brought himself back into the Disney realm by playing the Genie of the Lamp in Disney’s live-action remake of the 1992 animated classic Aladdin directed by Guy Ritchie. Stepping into a role created by the late great Robin Williams, Will brought his own style to the character and to the songs written by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, and Tim Rice in a very memorable way. He is also the central figure in the National Geographic Series: Welcome to Earth.
It does not appear that the Genie will be forced into a bottle anytime soon for what he did to Chris on live television–in other words, arrested for assault–, but we at Disney Fanatic will keep our readers updated as more information comes to light.