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?