Why did Will Smith slap Chris Rock in the face for making fun of Jada Pinkett? | Famous

Will Smith was awarded the Best Actor statuette at the 2022 Oscars, a moment that marks the career of any artist and that in Smith’s case will always be tarnished by what happened minutes before his victory was announced: after a joke in bad taste by Chris Rock, Will Smith got on stage, faced Rock and slapped him before the incredulous look of all those present and spectators at home.

Rock is a well-known comedian who had previously hosted the Oscars. In this edition, he appeared to present a segment and after joking about the nominations of Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz -who are a couple- he referred to the marriage of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett. She wore a look with shaved hair and Rock hinted that her appearance reminded him of Demi Moore in ‘GI Jane’, a movie in which the actress wore a shaved head. The comedian, with a smile, expressed her expectation to see her in the sequel to ‘GI Jane’.

Jada Pinkett suffers from alopecia, a condition that she has made public and that has been traumatic for her. Will Smith reacted in a surprising, unjustifiable and violent way to Rock’s joke. cns

Jada Pinkett’s alopecia

The background to the mishap dates back to 2018, when Will Smith’s wife opened up about her hair loss during her Facebook talk show ‘Red Table Talk’.

At that time, she explained that she suffered from an autoimmune disease, which caused her alopecia and, due to the fear of going bald, she decided to face the problem by shaving herself.

“This is something I haven’t wanted to talk about before because it’s not easy to deal with, but I think the time has come to do it. I find myself struggling with hair loss issues. One day I was in the shower and all of a sudden I had handfuls of hair in my hands and I thought, ‘Oh my God, I’m going bald. It was a time in my life where I was literally left shaking with fear. That’s why I hide my hair.”

Then she also explained that she was undergoing an injection treatment to help her with her health problems:

“I’m getting my little steroid injections, and they seem to be helping. They don’t cure, but they seem to be helping. Anyway, I’m open to other ideas.”

Will Smith, an aggressor applauded for winning an Oscar

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett’s relationship is far from conventional, among other things it is known that they have an open, non-exclusive marriage, but it is clear that they have a solid relationship and that Smith is very willing to do anything in Jada’s defense, even if that included a physical assault in full view of everyone.

When Smith was named Best Actor for ‘King Richard’, the actor had the opportunity to turn his speech into a show of repentance, however, he opted for a dramatic justification of his behavior, arguing that in his profession they are always told that they have to endure disrespect with a smile and, although he did apologize to the Academy and his fellow nominees for what happened, the apologies to his victim, Chris Rock, were conspicuous by their absence.

“Art imitates life,” said Smith, who seemed to allude to his role as Richard, father of tennis players Venus and Serena Williams, a man obsessed with protecting his family and making his daughters successful at all costs. “I sound like a crazy dad, just like they said about Richard Williams. But love makes you do crazy things. Thanks. I hope the Academy invites me again, “said the actor as tears streamed down his cheeks. Here’s Will Smith’s full speech.

The audience applauded Smith after his speech in what was a rare moment of celebration for someone who minutes earlier had attacked someone else.

The Academy published a brief tweet in which it claimed to be against violence.