Celebrities reacted to Will Smith’s Oscar night slap with praise
Actor Will Smith walked on stage and slapped comedian Chris Rock after a joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.
International celebrities have reacted with shock, condemnation, and in some cases, praise, after actor Will Smith walked on stage and slapped comedian Chris Rock during the Oscars in Los Angeles.
The altercation, which played out on live television in front a gobsmacked audience of fellow actors at the 94th Academy Awards on Sunday night, came after Rock joked about Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head, likening her to the movie character GI Jane.
However, others have weighed in, with the Smiths’ son, Jaden Smith, tweeting after the imbroglio, “that’s how we do”.
Comedian Tiffany Haddish told a Los Angeles Times reporter, “I think Chris was messy.”
“As a woman who had a husb[and], I wish my husb[and] wld [would] have stood up 4 me the way [Will] stood up for [Jada],” she said, according to the reporter’s tweet. “That’s what every woman wants, right? She was hurt. And he protected his wife. And that’s what a man is supposed to do.”
Others condemned the violence, with filmmaker Rob Reiner tweeting “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,” he wrote. “The excuses he made tonight were bulls***.”
The actress Sophia Bush made a similar argument, and said that “violence isn’t okay. Assault is never the answer.”
She added: “Punching down at someone’s auto-immune disease is wrong. Doing so on purpose is cruel. They both need a breather.”
On Monday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which hands out the Oscars, said in a statement that it “condemns the actions of Mr. Smith at last night’s show”.
“We have officially started a formal review around the incident and will explore further action and consequences in accordance with our Bylaws, Standards of Conduct and California law,” the academy said, as reported by US media.
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