Will Smith has won the Oscar for best actor in this edition of the awards, but the protagonists of Williams method It will go down in history for something less positive.
The actor had an unexpected backlash to an (unfortunate) joke by Chris Rock about his wife’s hair. Smith got up and slapped Rock across the face live onstage at the Dolby Theater.
Rock was on stage to announce the Oscar for best documentary and made a joke about the shaved head of Jada Pinkett-Smith, Will Smith’s wife. Rock compared her to the character of Lieutenant O’Neil played by Demi Moore in the Ridley Scott movie. After punching him hard in the face, Smith violently yelled, “Keep my wife’s name out of your fucking mouth.”
The joke is in bad taste, because Jada Pinkett-Smith has publicly acknowledged that she suffers from an autoimmune disease that causes her to lose her hair, which is why she lives with a lot of self-consciousness.
Smith’s apology to everyone except the victim
Minutes after the unpleasant incident, Will Smith went up to collect his Oscar for best actor. In his speech, while crying with emotion, he apologized to the Academy and the nominees, but not to Chris Rock.
The actor tried to justify himself for what happened, saying in his speech that “Richard Williams (the character he plays) was a fierce defender of his family.” At this point in my life, at this moment, I am overwhelmed by what God is calling me to do and be in this world.” He also added that he hopes the Academy will invite him back.
Chris Rock, who kept the guy on stage, has confirmed that he will not press charges against Will Smith, according to a recent statement from the Los Angeles Police Department.