The Incident at the Oscars


Maddison Collins

  March 27th, 2022 at 7:00 pm was the 94th Academy Awards for the Oscars. During the show, Chris Rock made a joke that said, “Jada I love you, ‘G.I. Jane 2, can’t wait to see it” about Will Smith’s wife and the disease that she has. Pinkett Smith(Will’s wife) has alopecia which is an autoimmune disorder for hair loss. Many people in the audience laughed at the joke including will smith. Will Smith proceeded out of his seat to the stage and slapped Chris Rock on the face. Stephine Elam a CNN reporter said that she could hear Rock getting hit. This is big news that is going around that happened at the Oscars. The producer of the Oscars stated that “Chris Rock didn’t tell his planned jokes before Will Smith’s slap, he said he was freestyling.” Chris Rock took no offense to it and just said ‘Wow I just got slapped by Will Smith”.

      Will Smith posted on social media with an apology letter saying how sorry he was and that he was resigning from the academy. With Will Smith having millions of followers on multiple platforms, his resigning from the academy is something insane. Will smith still protected his wife even though she cheated on him. Smith said that the reason that he resigned from the academy was that he betrayed the trust of them and many people including Chris Rock, his family, many of his friends, and loved ones. Smith said that his actions were not right and that he will face all consequences. Will Smith also said that he was just defending his wife and trying to protect her.

      During the show, when Will Smith received his award he said that he wanted to apologize to all his fellow nominees and everyone that was there. In the Instagram post that he posted, he said that he was out of control and that he was very sorry for what he did. During a Wednesday night show, Chris said that he’s still trying to process what happened the night of the Oscars.