Oscar-nominated Will Smith may have some explaining to do if he takes the stage tonight. When Chris Rock made a “G.I. Jane” joke about his wife, the “King Richard” actor seemed to say “Keep my wife’s name out of your f—ing mouth.”
Amy Kaufman summed up what just happened for everyone who missed the exchange, explaining, “Chris Rock made a joke about Jada Pinkett-Smith being in ‘G.I. Jane’ because of her bald head. She’s spoken openly about having a hair loss condition. Will Smith ran on stage, slapped Rock, then screamed twice at the top of his lungs ‘KEEP MY WIFE’S NAME OUT OF YOUR F—ING MOUTH.'”
Chris Rock made a joke about Jada Pinkett-Smith being in “G.I. Jane” because of her bald head. She’s spoken openly about having a hair loss condition. Will Smith ran on stage, slapped Rock, then screamed twice at the top of his lungs “KEEP MY WIFE’S NAME OUT OF YOUR F-NG MOUTH.”
— Amy Kaufman (@AmyKinLA) March 28, 2022
The audio was cut and fans were left wondering if it was a joke or if Will Smith was seriously angry. It seems that Will Smith was REALLY angry because he might have just took a literal swing at Chris Rock!
Will Smith Takes A Swing At Chris Rock At The Oscars!
UNCENSORED WILL SMITH FOOTAGE AS SHOWN ON AUSTRALIAN TV pic.twitter.com/NcRfdjWxqe
— David Mack (@davidmackau) March 28, 2022
Fans who were watching at home from Australia got to see the full, unfiltered version of the exchange… including watching Will Smith walk up to the stage, where he appears to hit Chris Rock.
Fans were absolutely shocked to see that the event wasn’t actually scripted, and seemed to be an actual reaction from the “Pursuit of Happiness” actor.
Wtaf????? That wasn’t scripted????? 😳😳😳😳😳😳😳😳
— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) March 28, 2022
“Wtaf????? That wasn’t scripted????? 😳😳😳😳😳😳😳😳” Noah tweeted after the exchange. He was far from the only one to weigh in on the controversy.
Will smith just fully sent it and punched Chris rock in the face on the Oscar’s
— THE CHAINSMOKERS (@TheChainsmokers) March 28, 2022
The Chainsmokers tweeted, “Will smith just fully sent it and punched Chris rock in the face on the Oscar’s.” He later followed it up with, “Lol holy s— that was awkward. Gotta respect it. Will smith standing up for his wife and Chris rock taking it on the chin and finishing the presentation. That said it was a joke and Chris is a comedian but this def goes back to 2016.”
This is not the first time that Rock has insulted Jada, but it probably will be the last after what just happened tonight!
WHAT JUST HAPPENED Starts Trending After Will Smith Punches Chris Rock
— This Is What’s Trending Now (@TrendingThisIs) March 28, 2022
Unfiltered and uncensored videos of what happened between Will Smith and Chris Rock immediately started trending online after the unexpected exchange.
what just happened
— Zedd (@Zedd) March 28, 2022
What just happened at #Oscars between Chris Rock and Will Smith?
After the punch, tv went silent. Then everyone watching can read Will’s mouth.
Not so fine moment. pic.twitter.com/od7oMEKiey
— Novelette Dryden (@DrydenNovelette) March 28, 2022
— Leon Langford (@MasonLLL) March 28, 2022
What just happened? Was that real? Did will Smith really swing a punch at Chris rock?? #oscars
— Christine Galea (@chrisgalea) March 28, 2022
Glad to know I’m not the only one confused about what just happened between Chris Rock and Will Smith on
— Kaylee 💕 (@kayleerose_08) March 28, 2022
Wait that wasn’t staged?? I’m so confused what just happened with Chris Rock and Will Smith #Oscars
— Maranda Whittington (@mwhittingtontv) March 28, 2022
and now no one can pay attention to this beautiful speech by quest because we’re all still trying to understand what just happened
— Jenna Wortham (@jennydeluxe) March 28, 2022
— 𝕿𝖗𝖎𝖘𝖙𝖆𝖓 (@periodt_tristan) March 28, 2022
The Academy seeing WHAT JUST HAPPENED on Twitter: pic.twitter.com/pF3XrdKGIO
— Cartoon Mastermind #NewDeal4Animation 🇺🇦 (@TomHamill2) March 28, 2022
Will Will Smith Be Able To Live This Down?
Me opening Twitter not watching the Oscar’s, what just happened pic.twitter.com/R5HbYc3ABb
— human embodiment of a snowman (@softsodapop) March 28, 2022
lupita’s face is so me omg😭😭like what just happened pic.twitter.com/wijRAK7XgA
— millie (@dayasbtch) March 28, 2022
— Mrs.Jones (@mrsjonesfamily) March 28, 2022
— Jen🎀 (@jenbarbiee) March 28, 2022
The Oscars just moving on without acknowledging what just happened feels like a great metaphor for the past two years. #Oscars
— Wish Boy (@WishZaerr) March 28, 2022
— rt if you remember (@ytmemories) March 28, 2022
— kathleen (@kathleen_hanley) March 28, 2022