Will Smith VS Chris Rock

March 28, 2022

The 94th Academy Awards ceremony this year was hosted by Chris Rock and it will be one to go down in television history. 

During his hosting, Jada Pinkett Smith expressed displeasure at Chris Rock’s joke about her shaved head as he presented the award for best documentary. He said, “I love you, I can’t wait until “G.I. Jane 2″ comes out.”

A camera cut to Pinkett Smith, who rolled her eyes. “That was a nice one,” Rock remarked, appearing to acknowledge that Smith didn’t seem to enjoy the joke. Pinkett Smith is open about her struggle with alopecia, an autoimmune disorder that causes hair loss, which had led to the reaction by Will Smith. 

In the moments following, Smith walked on stage toward Rock, who was holding his hands behind his back when he struck him. 

“Wow! Wow! Will Smith just smacked the sh*t out of me,” Rock said as the crowd laughed, thinking it was a joke. “Oh, it was a G.I. Jane joke,” he said, referring to the 1997 film G.I. Jane in which actress Demi Moore shaved her head.

Immediately following, Smith made one of the most repeated phrases in Oscar history when he said to Rock, “Keep my wife’s name out of your f****** mouth.” Rock replied, “I will. That was the greatest evening in television history.” Afterwhich Smith repeated the phrase louder. 

Smith apologised to the Academy and his fellow nominees during his acceptance speech for his first ever Oscar for his performance in King Richard but failed to apologise to Rock when he accepted the award. 

Richard Williams was a fierce protector of his family, Smith said. His final statement before taking his seat was: “I hope the Academy will invite me back.”