Report Why did Will Smith slap Chris Rock at the Oscars? in Will Smith Movies Posted March 28, 2022 · Edited March 28, 2022 by JumpinJack AJ I don't condone violence. It tarnished the evening and his moment. Here's what has been swirling around my head for the past 12 hours. There's multiple ways to look at this. Multiple truths co-exist, and that's where things clash and people will take their sides. Chris Rock's joke wasn't brilliant, and at face value, wasn't the kind that you'd think would overly offend someone. Will and Chris have seemed cool, going back to the 90's. You can find pictures of them at various events greeting each other. At the same time, in 2016, he kind of went at Jada and Will when they choose not to go to the 2016 Oscars due to the lack of diversity in who was nominated. Is there an ongoing issue there? I doubt comics every really do this, but was it a situation where he should have checked with them about making the joke first. Chris definitely didn't seem to think it was going to be a deep dig. As Will was walking to the stage, Chris was giggling like some improv between them was about to jump off. It goes without saying that Will could have done worse. This was a warming slap. Chris handled it as well as you could expect, and better than most of us probably expected. I'm glad he's not pressing charges. Will and Jada. For years they were a power couple. People used them as the golden standard. In recent years, we've seen a change. We jump to conclusion on this, when a lot of time they've been cryptic about things. We know they were separated for awhile and what went down. From personal experience, that is hard to process, but it can be done. It's rare, but it can be done. Different relationships operate different ways, and in most cases, that's fine. Who are any of us to really judge? They seem really into each other lately. Let's hope that's true and that things get better. The other side of that is that maybe they aren't. Will has often said that his greatest failure was his first marriage ending. He grew up in a household where he watched his own parents have issue. That has clearly impacted his life. Will said he would have stayed in his first marriage, no matter how bad it got, just to keep it together, mostly for Trey. I think he's carried that to this marriage. If things are in fact bad, toxic, unhealthy, it seems that he'll stay with it. While I'm not for divorce on a general level, I'm certainly for it if it means you know that it simply will not work and one or both people are miserable. Is that the answer. Certainly none of us know or have the right to have an opinion that's relevant. I don't think that Chris' joke was intended to be malicious. I don't think it was specific to Jada dealing with alopecia. My thoughts are that Will and Jada should have recognized that. That being said, I could see where this could be a sensitive topic for her and something that bothers her on a daily basis. To be honest, I would have liked her to have gone up there and said something, if that's the case. But then what would the pathetic internet trolls say? Will actually appears to laugh at the joke at first. I can only assume that he saw that Jada took the joke deeper than it was intended to be, which triggered something in him. If he was going to react in a way for all to see, addressing him from his seat was a better idea. They've been in teh industry too long for something like that to REALLY get to them. Smacking Chris on life TV wasn't the answer. At the same time, you have many people who are like "don't talk about a man's wife/family...Chris had it coming" or women praising that he stood up for his wife. I think it goes without saying that Will tainted the evening. Those attending. Those watching it. It just wasn't a good look. He has spent the last 20 years trying to win an Oscar. He made it his goal, and while only a few of the movies he did were going to position him for that, he studied and worked toward it militantly. He achieved a high moment and a low moment all in the same evening. The two will forever be associated with each other, and he has to deal with that. He earned it and thank God he won it. Could you imagine if he hadn't? I think his thank you speech served as a somewhat redeemable moment. I don't judge people who isolated incidents. The Fresh Prince is my favorite emcee. Will Smith's movies and other content are generally things I love and enjoy over and over again. This isn't something that ruins that for me. There are many people who are not loyal fans who will abandon him over this, at least for a time, which is perfectly understandable. They aren't invested the way most of us are. For him to act like that and say the f-word goes against much of what he stands for, so I'm sure he's going to wrestle with that shame for a minute. Jeff recently said how Will is always the first one to admit when he was wrong, so I have no doubts that he'll be processing this moment. Denzel's words. Tyler Perry's support. Bradley Cooper's support. I think these things were important. That commercial break footage shows that Will was upset by the moment. One has to say to themselves... "You wanted to be in this position for so long. What the hell were you thinking when you got out of your seat and slapped a man on life television?" In recent years we talk about how men's mental health is overlooked and neglected. Will isn't Kanye West crazy with constant questionable behavior, but he must be wrestling with something to have been brought to this point. What's next? I don't think bungee jumping and jumping out of helicopters is strange behavior. He's getting older and wants to experience things in this life before he's "too old". He has the means to do it. I'd probably be doing a lot of the same things if my income allowed. His actions last night and the hallucinogenic drugs are very much against the Will we know and love. My hopes are that he feels the same an takes inventory of his life. I feel like he doesn't have the support system that he used to have. I think there are a lot things that he got right in his past that he seems distant from. And lets be real, virtually everyone who loves Will loves him for whatever they liked about him when they first were introduced to him. Will Smith doesn't really have "new fans". We're all old fans, whether is be from Hip-Hop, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, or his movies up through the mid-2000's. I think this moment serves a purpose and that he knows that. You need moments like this to have a real comeback, which feels funny to say since he just won the Oscar. In the end, it's okay to respect him more for standing up for his wife/marriage/family or respecting him less for smacking Chris. It's also okay to change your mind. It's also okay to let Will's future actions change your mind.