You already know it’s about Will Smith…


Will Smith took home his first Oscar on Sunday for his turn as tennis dad Richard Williams in “King Richard” just moments after slapping Chris Rock on stage.

During his acceptance speech, he was crying and Smith poke at similarities between himself and his character, both “fierce defenders” of the family as he attempted to address the confrontation over a joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. 

If you don’t know the context or haven’t seen the video, basically Chris Rock made a joke about Jada Pinkett being in the “Next GI Joe” movie because she was bald. She is Bald due to alopecia. Will Smith obviously didn’t take that well and went up on stage and smacked the heck out of Chris Rock and walked back to his seat, then he goes on to say to Chris Rock “Keep my Wife’s name out of your (Explicit) mouth”. That was censored, of course, you can watch the video for yourself.

George Takei said Smith’s losing his cool was a bad look when so many people were watching: “Many people, especially kids, look up to actors. Because of that, we have an obligation to try to be good role models. With celebrity comes responsibility.”

“Will Smith owes Chris Rock a huge apology. There is no excuse for what he did. He’s lucky Chris is not filing assault charges,” producer, director, and actor Rob Reiner commented on Twitter.

Some quotes from Will Smith when he accepted his reward:

  • “Richard Williams was a fierce defender of his family. In this time in my life, at this moment, I am overwhelmed by what God is calling on me to do and be in this world.”
  • “I know to do what we do, you gotta be able to take abuse, and you gotta be able to have people talk crazy about you. In this business, you gotta be able to have people disrespecting you, and you gotta smile and you gotta pretend like that‘s OK.”
  • “and what I loved, thank you D. Denzel (Washington) said to me a few minutes ago, he said, “At your highest moment, be careful. That’s when the devil comes for you.”

The day after slapping Chris Rock Will Smith issued an apology to the comedian, to the academy, and to viewers at home, saying he was “out of line” and that his actions are “not indicative of the man I want to be.”

Honestly in my opinion this could have been a life-changing moment for Will Smith if everything that went down didn’t go down how it did, and if he would have stayed calm, cool, and collected.