After joke about wife: Will Smith slaps presenter and wins Oscar

After joke about wife
Will Smith slaps presenter and wins Oscar

Hollywood actor Will Smith wins his first Oscar for his role as the father of the Williams sisters. The success goes under because he previously slapped presenter Chris Rock after a joke about Smith’s wife.

Moment of shock and confusion at the Oscar gala: Hollywood star Will Smith slapped comedian Chris Rock in the middle of the ceremony on stage. Rock previously joked about Smith’s bald wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, while announcing an award on Sunday night (local time).

The comedian made a reference to the 1997 film The Jane Files, in which actress Demi Moore plays an elite soldier with a shaved head. Rock made fun of Pinkett Smith, who suffers from hair loss.

While she rolled her eyes, her husband laughed at first – but then ran onto the stage and gave Rock a hard slap in the face. Smith later yelled, “Don’t put my wife’s name in your damn mouth.” The organizers of the gala even switched off the audio transmission for a short time.

Speech spontaneously rewritten

The scene immediately caused numerous reactions on social networks. It was initially unclear whether Smith Rock had really hit, or whether the scene was possibly just staged.

A short time later, Smith returned to the stage – this time to pick up the Oscar for best actor for his role in the movie “King Richard”. Smith plays the father of tennis players Serena and Venus Williams.

When he picked up the prize, he tearfully apologized for the incident. “I’m not crying because I won,” said Will Smith. He spontaneously rewrote his speech. The 53-year-old spoke about how important it is to him to defend people he cares about. The applause is restrained, critical faces in the audience.