Oscars 2022: Will Smith slaps Chris Rock live during the ceremony

Oscars 2022: Will Smith slaps Chris Rock live during the ceremony

During a totally unexpected sequence, Will Smith went up on the stage of the Oscars to hit the comedian Chris Rock in the face, a few moments earlier author of a joke of bad taste.

It is a sequence that will remain in the annals of the Oscars. After the Best Actor award refused by Marlon Brando in 1973 or the imbroglio around the Best Picture award for La La Land (finally awarded to Moonlight), it is a new totally surreal scene that took place this Sunday, March 27 on the stage of the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

Chris Rock was supposed to present the award for Best Documentary that evening. Before announcing the name of the winner, the comedian chose to address some jokes to the audience present. Among his targets: was Jada Pinkett Smith, the wife of Will Smith. Evoking the appearance of the actress, and more particularly her shaved head (due to the alopecia she suffers from), the comedian went too far by daring a joke of very bad taste.

In a total incomprehension, letting at first think of a premeditated sketch, Will Smith then went on stage to hit Chris Rock in the face. Totally stunned by the gesture, the latter first tried to react with humor, commenting before a stunned audience: "Wow. Will Smith just smacked the s–t outta me".

But the anger did not immediately subside. Sitting on his chair, Will Smith was then shown shouting insanities, ordering Chris Rock not to pronounce his wife's name "Keep my wife’s name out of your f–king mouth". This a few minutes before being called to go back on stage... to receive his Oscar for Best Actor, rewarding his performance in the film The Williams Method!

Calmed by the words of Denzel Washington and Tyler Perry during a commercial break, Will Smith then half-heartedly apologized for his attitude, his eyes reddened by emotion: "In this business, you got to be able to have people disrespecting you. And you got to smile, you got to pretend like that’s OK.”. Denzel Washington just told me, ''beware the devil always comes during moments of triumph

Many Internet users reacted to this already cult sequence, while the Academy of the Oscars tweeted on its official account a message to denounce the gesture:

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