A slap in the face at The Oscars!

Haven’t been interested in the Oscars for years (or ever actually) but I woke up today to the amusing news that Will Smith had SLAPPED Chris Rock on stage last night, then partied on down with his Best Actor Academy Award that ironically, he won about two minutes after the incident. Talk about overshadowing your first ever best actor Oscar win.

And what a slap it was as well. A slap often indicates a slightly watered down attack, not quite as impressive as a punch maybe – but this was a darn good slap. It had FEELING.

Personally, I find drama like this pretty funny. I’m not going to get all serious about whether he was right or wrong or whatever. You could argue that with all that is going on in the world, one rich guy punching another slightly lesser rich guy during a rich people award ceremony love fest is rather a first (or even business class) world problem. Anyway fuck it, Rock insulted his wife and Smith did what he clearly felt he had to do. So shut up Judd Apatow you whingey, dogooder git.

For those in the dark still (firstly where the hell you been?!!!) – Chris Rock made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith looking like G.I. Jane because of her cropped hair. Jada suffers from alopecia which Rock may or may not have known – I have no idea. Anyway, despite initially laughing at the gag, Will Smith then stormed the stage and slapped Rock down.

Smith then sat back down and shouted “keep my wife’s name out of your fucking mouth” toward Chris Rock, who was still standing on stage in shock. And if you’d thought – up until that moment – it was all a big joke, well you can clearly tell how serious Will Smith is.

I just thought it was all pretty funny to be honest. All the incredible drama! The Oscars are usually so boring – so long and so bloody tedious. Too many boring films I’ve never heard of and never want to watch anyway. Too many boring speeches from boring people like Kenneth Branagh. Usually the only slap in the face would be a nomination snub.

So what better news than there being a punch up! AND it was followed by more humorous footage of Will Smith crying on stage and then being given advice from Denzel Washington and Bradley Cooper.


So what are your thoughts on this amusing little episode?


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13 Responses to A slap in the face at The Oscars!

  1. Since we’re often tagged together in Gill’s Shameless Plug Sunday, I thought it was high time I paid you a visit! 🙂 I love your blog name, by the way. 😀 I remember Clarissa Explains It All!

    I didn’t have to look far when browsing your latest posts, because this one immediately caught my attention – and I almost wish it didn’t. I feel a little…basic? for being so captivated by this incident – but the honest, embarrassing truth is, I absolutely am. 🙂 I haven’t been interested in the Oscars in years either (not even the red carpet anymore), but I woke up in the early morning hours after Oscars night and couldn’t go back to sleep, so I randomly checked Twitter (bad idea) – and learned of “the slap”. I spent HOURS scrolling through tweets, reading articles. I couldn’t get enough. And while I’ve calmed down about it slightly, it still sparks my interest even today.

    I’m the type that tries to figure out all the psychological reasons WHY something happened, but I won’t go into that here because you’re not into it, and in reality, it doesn’t even matter! Part of my brain is so mad at me that this ridiculousness gets any of my attention at all, yet I can’t stop. Not entirely, anyway.

    The most cynical part of me wonders if this was just a ratings stunt, especially since the rest of the Oscars was apparently also a hot mess with plenty of “moments”. I so hope that’s not true, because what does it say about our culture that something like this was tried and it WORKED? 😦 And if it was a stunt, then I guess we should expect more of the same, since this took off like wildfire. How low can we go?…Stunt or not, and despite how funny the memes and tweets are, if I think about it too much, the baseness and classlessness of it all makes me so sad. 😦 Though I have a feeling your advice would be to just laugh it off. 😉

    Aaaannnyyyway, I have a blog called The Classic Film Connection, and I’d love for you to check it out! 🙂 You seem to be more of a “current movies” girl than a “classic movies” girl, but I think my latest post might be right up your alley. ❤ It’s a list of my top ten favorite leading men – five modern and five classic, spanning eras, genres, and screen size. I hope you can visit soon! 🙂

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  2. Urspo says:

    The Oscars I suspect see this as a bonzana ‘win’ as so many will tune in next year to see what they say about it.

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  3. ManInBlack says:

    Let’s face it, who hasn’t wanted to slap Chris Rock? 😉

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  4. fgsjr2015 says:

    During my troubled teen years of the 1980s, I observed that by ‘swinging first’, in general, a person potentially places himself (or herself) in an unanticipated psychological disadvantage—one favoring the combatant who chooses to patiently wait for his opponent to take the first swing, perhaps even without the fist necessarily connecting.

    Just having the combatant swing at him before he’d even given his challenger a physical justification for doing so seemed to instantly create a combined psychological and physical imperative within to react to that swung fist with justified anger. In fact, such testosterone-prone behavior may be reflected in the typically male (perhaps unconsciously strategic) invitation for one’s foe to ‘go ahead and lay one on me’, while tapping one’s own chin with his forefinger.

    Yet, from my experience, it’s a theoretical advantage not widely recognized by both the regular scrapper mindset nor general society. Instead of the commonly expected advantage of an opponent-stunning first blow, the hit only triggers an infuriated response earning the instigator two-or-more-fold returned-payment hard hits. It brings to mind an analogous scenario in which a chess player recklessly plays white by rashly forcefully moving his pawn first in foolish anticipation that doing so will indeed stupefy his adversary.

    I’ve theorized that it may be an evolutionary instinct ingrained upon the human male psyche—one preventing us from inadvertently killing off our own species by way of an essentially gratuitous instigation of deadly violence in bulk, which also results in a lack of semen providers to maintain our race. Therefore, in this sense, we can survive: If only a first strike typically results in physical violence, avoiding that first strike altogether significantly reduces the risk of this form of wanton self-annihilation. In other words, things should remain peachy when every party shows the other(s) proper, due respect. It’s like a proactively perfect solution.

    It should also be noted, however, that on rare occasion (at least from my many years of observation) an anomalous initiator/aggressor will be sufficiently confident, daring and violently motivated, perhaps through internal and/or external anger, to outright breach the abovementioned convention by brazenly throwing the first punch(es).

    Perhaps with the logical anticipation, or hope even, that his conventional foe will physically respond in kind by swinging at or hitting him, the unprovoked initiator/aggressor will feel confident and angered enough to willfully physically continue, finishing what he had essentially inexcusably started. It was as though he had anticipated that through both his boldness in daring to throw the first punch and then furthermore finish the physical job he himself had the gall to unjustifiably start in the first place, he will resultantly intimidate his (though now perhaps already quite intimidated) non-initiator/non-aggressor foe into a crippling inferior sense of physical-defense debilitation, itself capable of resulting in a more serious beating received by that diminished non-initiator/non-aggressor party.

    Or, another possibility remains that the initiator/aggressor will be completely confident that when/if he strikes first and the non-initiator/non-aggressor responds with reactor’s fury, he, the initiator/aggressor will himself respond to that response with even greater fury thus physically/psychologically overwhelm the non-initiator/non-aggressor with a very unfortunate outcome for the latter party. Regardless, it has always both bewildered and sickened me how a person can throw a serious punch without any physical provocation. ….

    In short, things should remain peacefully peachy when every party shows the other(s) proper, due respect. It’s like a proactively perfect solution.

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    • emmakwall says:

      Quite a diagnosis! Thank you 🙂

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      • fgsjr2015 says:

        Thanks. … I had caught the early TV news on Monday morning and was left disturbed by the assault (initially I thought it was a punch), and part of my emotional reaction was due to the unexpected occurrence being embarrassingly extremely public. For me, it was also telling of the increasingly angry times we’re living in.

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  5. The DRAMA😄 I mean, This is what everybody came for, isn’t it? I hope Chris Rock and Smith can laugh about it now. They invigorated the party.

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  6. I only can say, well deserved! 🙂 xx Michael

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  7. beetleypete says:

    I only saw it on the BBC news. I thought the joke was in bad taste, but Will should have been the ‘better man’, and tackled Chris Rock after the ceremony. He could have given him a more satisfying dig in private! 🙂
    As ever, Pete. XXX

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