You wouldn’t be blamed if you decided to skip the Oscars last night. The once-beloved award ceremony has become Ground Zero for the woke brigade. Last night was no different. But the show also became a scene of something quite unexpected.
While presenting for “Best Documentary,” Chris Rock made a joke about Will Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. The actor did not appreciate it and took to the stage.
From The Daily Wire:
On stage at the Oscars, Rock made a crack about Smith’s wife, actress Jada Pinkett Smith, before Smith walked up and slapped an unknowing Rock across the face…
“Will Smith just smacked the s*** outta me,” Rock told the audience after the assault.
“Keep my wife’s name out your f***ing mouth!” Smith yelled back at Rock, overcome with emotion.
The vapid audience of celebrities was stunned to silence as Rock struggled to get back on track. News quickly circulated that Smith could face charges, even after Rock refused to press any.
But Rock isn’t needed if the police are so inclined. It’s a TV trope that police can’t press charges without the victim’s consent. That’s not true at all. The police can choose to press charges — what often holds up the process is the fact it can be difficult to win a case without a victim.
And everyone from celebrities to online users is voicing their opinion.
From Daily Wire:
Denzel Washington took Smith aside to console him, asserting, “At your highest moment, that’s when the devil comes for you.”
Numerous people spoke to Will Smith right after he assaulted Rock on stage. During a commercial break, celebrated actor Denzel Washington tried to talk to Smith, who must have been visibly shaken. Actor Bradley Cooper was also seen speaking with Smith, though what he said is unknown.
Users online were not as kind to Smith. Fellow comedians quickly came to Chris Rock’s aid. Some feared this would become common, even in comedy clubs, if audiences don’t like a joke. Comedians have increasingly become the target of the “woke” mob. Now, they could face physical attacks as well as calls for being canceled.
Others expressed shock at the entire spectacle. Rock is known for his outspoken comments and jokes—and is often applauded for them. The joke in question is being called mild by most—yet it sparked an intense reaction from Smith. The Academy itself released a statement, distancing itself from the incident. But if it takes further measures to reprimand the actor, remains to be seen.
- Will Smith assaulted comedian Chris Rock during the live broadcast of the Oscars.
- Denzel Washington and others commented on the incident. Comedians strongly condemned Smith.
- LAPD reportedly can press charges against Smith, even if Rock refuses.