The slap seen round the world which gives the Best Picture “Moonlight” mishap a run for its money, may go down as the Oscar’s most craziest moment in history.
Sources backstage thought it wasn’t real and a joke at first and then it set in.
Chris Rock was introducing the Best Documentary category at the Oscars, when he made a joke about Will Smith’s wife Jada and looking out for GI Jane 2. A reference to her bald head which insiders comment is part of a medical condition Jada suffers from.
Either way, Smith walked up on stage while Rock was still talking and punched him.
ABC censored and cut the sound on what Smith said next to Rock angrily from his chair, “keep my wife’s name out of your f-ing mouth”!
During a commercial break, Bradley Cooper and Denzel Washington were seen talking to Smith from afar.
Then Diddy came up after Rock and got the crowd to relax and as they say in Hollywood, the show must go on and so it did!
The Academy ended up issuing a statement after the show.
Smith ended up about an hour later, winning “Best Actor” for his role in “King Richard”.
According to the AP, the slap was the talk of the Vanity Fair Party.
The Academy does have a code of conduct that members must adhere to. Many are calling for further action to be taken, time will tell. As for Rock, he’s not planning on pressing charges.
Though, LAPD is aware it’s up to Rock at the end of the day of he wants to pursue this further.