Will Smith’s slap in the face of an unfortunate Chris Rock has become one of television’s most iconic moments. The controversy has sparked reactions of all kinds on the Internet, and for good reason.
Now a new report from The Wall Street Journal confirms that Chris Rock hadn’t repeated the joke before it affected Will Smith; and that it was referring to the bald product of alopecia suffered by Jada Pinkett Smith.
The report of WST it arrives with the production of the Oscars as a direct source. Furthermore, the report adds that the joke was also not appearing in the teleprompter used by Rock to introduce the ceremony.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences opened a formal investigation into the incident. Some comments have been made about the possibility of removing the Oscar statuette awarded to Will Smith for his victory in the Best Actor category. However, the latter has not been confirmed as a fact that will occur.
For his part, Chris Rock has decided not to file a complaint against Will Smith, although the the possibility that the fact will be reported in the future is still latent; as commented CNN after contacting the Los Angeles Police Department.
Will Smith becomes the target of social networks after the slap of Chris Rock
It appears this isn’t the first time Smith has been involved in physical encounters with third parties. In 2012, the actor was in the eye of the storm after slapping a Ukrainian journalist. The event took place during one of the press tours for Men in Black III. Now history is repeating itself, but exponentially more dramatically.
For that, Smith became the center of social media following Sunday night’s events. While some applaud the action, others condemn it, and others focus on making memes about it. What is certain is that the slap has become a fact that will be talked about for years; just like Steve Harvey’s mistake on Miss Universe 2015 night; or the blunder at the 2017 Oscars where he was crowned The Earth as best film instead of moonlit.
The BBC managed to interview one of the members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Although this person decided to keep his identity anonymous; commented to the aforementioned outlet that “I woke up very discouraged by what Will Smith did. For me, he stole the show. I don’t think this was the place to be so violent. Most people were surprised. There were children there. It was a place to party.”