I, along with most Americans, wasn’t watching the Oscars tonight. I was watching Hallmark. Oh, I skimmed Twitter every now and then and saw some highlights (or lowlights, depending on how you look at it).
But I surely did not expect to see what just happened between Chris Rock and Will Smith. Rock cracked a joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, saying he was looking forward to “GI Jane 2” (presumably in reference to her shorn head — Pinkett Smith purportedly suffers from alopecia). Jada looked none-too-pleased at the crack, and then Will got up and strode toward Rock, who initially seemed to play it off.
That was — until Smith hauled off and smacked him.
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) March 28, 2022
After storming back to his seat, the feed (in the US) went silent, as words apparently were exchanged between the two. But never fear — Japanese television caught the audio uncensored. (Warning: Language):
VIA JAPANESE TELEVISION: The uncensored exchange between Will Smith and Chris Rock pic.twitter.com/j0Z184ZyXa
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) March 28, 2022
To be expected, social media went crazy over the incident.
Amy Schumer has to be relieved no one is going to be talking about her tomorrow now.
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) March 28, 2022
Finally, something worth an award. pic.twitter.com/zvuW2pHt8G
— Reagan Battalion (@ReaganBattalion) March 28, 2022
But this was — hands down — my favorite:
That's why he got sent to Bel-Air in the first place. Shit like that.
— Zito (@_Zeets) March 28, 2022