Will Smith latest: Chris Rock jokes about slapping at comedy gig as actor gets 10-year ban
Moment Will Smith slaps Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars
It’s been nearly two weeks since Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars.
The Academy met yesterday (April 8) to decide the ‘consequences’ Smith will face for the incident, which saw the actor punch Rock on stage and insult him after the comedian made a joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.
“Jade, I love you. GI Jane 2, can’t wait to see you,” Rock joked, in an apparent reference to Pinkett Smith’s shaved head. Pinkett Smith said last year that she shaved her head after battling alopecia.
Smith, who won Best Actor later in the ceremony, took to the stage and punched Rock, before yelling at him, “Keep my wife’s name out of your fucking mouth.”
In a statement released after the incident, the Academy “condemned” Smith’s actions and said an investigation was underway into potential penalties.
“The Academy condemns Mr. Smith’s actions on last night’s broadcast,” the organization said. “We have officially initiated a formal review around the incident and will explore further actions and consequences in accordance with our statutes, standards of conduct and California law.”
Smith later resigned from the Academy, but some have speculated he may be stripped of his Best Actor award – which he won at this year’s ceremony, for his role in the biopic on tennis. King Richard.
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‘Sopranos’ actor defends Chris Rock
Actor Stevie Van Zandt, who played Silvio Dante in The Sopranoscondemned Will Smith’s violent behavior at the Oscars and praised Chris Rock’s self-control.
“Will Smith has his lucky stars to thank that Chris Rock is as civilized and sophisticated and humble and smart and compassionate as he is,” Van Zandt tweeted. “Because if it had been ANYONE I know, Will Smith would never have come back to his table.”
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Chris Rock Says He Had “No Idea” Jada Pinkett Smith Had Alopecia
Chris Rock has said little about the Oscars slap incident, but a source says TMZ the comedian “had no idea” that Pinkett Smith has alopecia.
The source also said Rock and Will Smith didn’t speak to each other about the incident and the two stars went to different Oscars afterparties.
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Billy Crystal calls Will Smith slapped ‘an assault’
Nine-time Oscar host Billy Crystal called Will Smith’s slap at the awards show “an assault” and “a most disturbing incident”.
During a recent appearance on Bob Costas’ chat show Back to disk on HBO Max, Crystal called the altercation “the most disturbing incident, for sure. It was an assault. I had experiences. I’ve hosted the Grammys three times and people have thrown stuff at me.
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A look back at Chris Rock’s documentary “Good Hair”
After Chris Rock was slapped for telling a joke about a black woman’s hair, some pointed out that in 2009 the comedian produced a documentary about the exact topic. Here is a return to The Independentmovie review, good hair:
‘Good Hair’ hits US theaters
American comedian Chris Rock’s documentary on African-American hair culture (opening in the US October 23) attempts to clarify the difference between “good” and “bad” hair.
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It was pretty short and sweet, but anyone who wants to read Smith’s full response to the 10-year ban need look no further than here…
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Fellow Executive Branch Academy member Larry Gleason said (in the report linked below): “The Academy dropped the ball by taking no action when this happened.
“This after-the-fact punishment is like the old adage, ‘Close the barn door…’ Too late and too little.
“After the The Earth fiasco, you would have thought they would have handled it better. A sad event for all concerned.
Remember the The Earth fiasco? It almost seems quaint now.
Here’s one of our old bits explaining exactly what happened on that fateful 2017 Oscars night – which turned out to be only the second most dramatic ceremony of the past decade.
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Chris Rock jokes about Oscar slap: ‘I got my hearing back’
Chris Rock has broken his silence about being slapped at the Oscars for making a joke about it, according to reports.
“I’m fine, I have a whole show and I’m not talking about [the Will Smith incident] until I get paid,” the comedian said during a comedy show, according to the desert sun. “Life is good. I got my hearing back.
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Whoopi Goldberg is one of the acting branch governors at the Academy, and her reaction to the slap struck Smith as quite sympathetic.
“Sometimes you get to a point where you misbehave,” she said the day after the incident. “I myself have misbehaved on occasion.”
This week, she broached the subject again, admitting that some Will SmithFuture projects of “are in question”.
“The question is, does he have a way back?” she continued. “Yes, of course he does…He’ll be fine, he’ll be back.” Carefree.”
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David Oyelowo Says He Had ‘Racially Coded’ Encounter After Oscars Slap
Actor David Oyelowo says he had a racially ‘coded’ encounter with ‘an old white gentleman’ at an Oscars after-party who told him Will Smith ‘should have been dragged out of there’.
“His gossipy thinness and the half-smile on his face are indicative of what not to let slip into the aftermath of this incident,” Oyelowo wrote in a column for the Hollywood journalist. “This incident should not be a springboard for proxy arguments in Hollywood circles about race, respectability and belonging. I call on good people with good intentions to stay focused on building the big gains we have recently made.
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There has been no shortage of opinions over the past two weeks – first on the original incident, now on whether the Academy was right to impose the ban on Smith. a decade.
The Hollywood Reporter spoke to a number of Academy members about the decision and received a series of responses.
Stephen Potter, a member of the Academy’s sound branch, said he was “surprised” at the Academy’s 10-year ban, describing it as “tougher than I imagined”.
“Ten years is quite a long time and it is possible that this incident will be largely forgotten before the end of this term,” he said.
“Opinions are split between those who support and those who do not support Mr. Smith’s actions, but the fact remains that this incident was very unfortunate on many levels.”
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