This year's Oscars turned out no less than a Bollywood dramatic film. It got more attention due to a slap from Will Smith to Chris Rock than the actual winners did. (Damn man Will Smith stealing the spotlight from them again). They never fail to surprise us with events that no one can imagine could happen on such a big stage like giving the best picture award to the wrong film (*Cough* *Cough* Throwback to 2017: Poor La La Land was given the award then taken back saying it was a mistake or maybe it was just good scripting) or Giving the most cheer-worthy moment to Flash even after having two of the biggest MCU moments one of which was in the highest-grossing movie.. I Hate you DCEU fans.
People should learn from the scripting team of Oscars either they make the script so good that people don't understand what's happening or they are just bad at their work and good at hiding it.
Anyways if something like this happens every year, The young audience would actually find these award shows more appealing to watch. Who doesn't like a little bit of drama that they can find meme material from ( I said a little bit of Drama Indian Award Shows)...
The internet has been flooded with memes from this incident and every person on Twitter has already taken a side. So let me take you through what actually happened so that we can make an informed opinion rather than ranting out stuff on the internet.
Actor Will Smith shocked the world by hitting comedian Chris Rock in the face on stage at the Oscars night on Sunday. The trigger was a joke cracked by Rock about Smith's wife Jada Pinkett Smith and her shaved head.
"Jada, can't wait for GI Jane 2," said the comedian. The comment infuriated Will Smith, who walked up to the presenter and punched him.
In a moment that triggered awkward silence and confusion in the Dolby Theatre, Smith strode up to Rock and slapped him, before returning to his seat alongside Jada and shouting profanities.
"Keep my wife's name out of your f*****g mouth," yelled Smith, forcing the producers to bleep out several seconds of audio from the televised broadcast in the United States.
Soooo Why was the joke so Triggering for Will Smith???
Lets Breakdown the punchline (No pun intended)
"GI Jane" is a 1997 movie starring Demi Moore as Jordan O'Neil, the first woman to undergo Navy Seal training, even outperforming many of her male counterparts during the preparation. O'Neal, in order to solidify her position as a Navy Seal, shaves her head, becoming "GI Jane". In the process, she completely hides away her femininity. Rock took reference from Moore's character, making a joke about Pinkett Smith's buzzcut.
Jada Pinkett Smith opened up about her decision to shave her head a few years ago, revealing on her talk show her battle with alopecia areata a condition that happens when the immune system attacks hair follicles and causes hair loss.
Now That's Rude Rock how can you joke on someone's Medical Condition.. (Wow that's Messed up)
Minutes later, Will Smith won the Best Actor Oscar for his performance in King Richard – as he was expected to do. It seemed that by then, better sense had prevailed, helped in part by fellow Best Actor nominee Denzel Washington who gave Will some friendly advice during the commercial break. “I want to apologise to the Academy. I want to apologise to all my fellow nominees,” Will said in his speech – pointedly leaving out Chris Rock's name.
“I look like the crazy father just like they said about Richard Williams. But love will make you do crazy things,” said a tearful Will before revealing what Denzel told him: "Thank you Denzel, who said to me a few minutes ago... he said, 'at your highest moment, be careful, that's when the devil comes for you.'”
Had Slapgate actually not happened, the enormity of Will Smith's Oscar would not have been all but eclipsed – he is only the fifth African-American to win an Academy Award for Best Actor after Sidney Poitier, Denzel Washington, Jamie Foxx and Forest Whitaker.