‘Keep my wife's name out of your f*****g mouth,’ were the words actor Will Smith uttered on Sunday night, March 28, 2022, at the 94th Oscars ceremony, after violently slapping comedian Chris Rock.
An incident that went viral
The incident, which has been shared thousands of times on social networks, has become a replacement for the very popular Batman slapping Robin meme, as pointed out by the Internet user @Madara_Khali.
The tweet translates to:
We can now replace the Batman meme with Will Smith
During his acceptance speech, after accepting the Best Actor award, he apologised, before revealing the words his friend Denzel Washington told him:
Denzel just told me: 'When you're at your highest, be careful, that's when the devil comes for you',
As a reminder, Chris Rock had made a joke a few minutes earlier about the haircut of his wife, Jada Pinkett, who suffers from alopecia. He asked her if he was going to play in the next GI Jane 2 movie like Demi Moore, who shaved her head for the role. So it was after this huge slap that three of his colleagues rushed to his aid, in order to ‘comfort’ him.
Fellow actors came to his rescue
Some actors rushed to support the Prince of Bel-Air actor after he slapped Chris Rock. Bradley Cooper, Tyler Perry and Denzel Wahington were present at his side after the unfortunate incident at the Oscars ceremony.
The video went viral. Although the actor later apologised during his acceptance speech for Best Actor for his role in King Richard, he was still sorry about the ‘bad joke’ episode, which obviously did not justify such violence.
In the audience of the show, fellow actors got up to go see him. Shallow lead Bradley Cooper tried to reason with him after his outburst. Singer P. Diddy also said on stage that this should be resolved ‘like a family would’. After a heavy discussion with a member of his communications team and then Jada Pinkett Smith, the I Am a Legend actor reportedly calmed down.
This article was translated from Oh!MyMag FR.