The Oscars have been rocked by the biggest scandal in its 94-year history after violence erupted on stage when Will Smith attacked Chris Rock and hit him for a joke he made with Will Smith’s wife’s hair, just a few minutes before the moment of the coronation of his career when he won the award for best actor.
There are already calls for the star to be stripped of his award hours after becoming just the fifth colored actor in history to receive the highest award in Hollywood for his portrayal of Richard Williams, the father who raised tennis champions Venus and Serena Williams. in ‘King Richard’.
In a resounding acceptance speech, a weeping Smith admitted that ‘love makes you do crazy things’ – but did not apologize to Rock for his attack, only apologizing to the Academy and his colleagues. his nominee.
Rock has said he will not file charges. About 40 minutes ago, the comedian made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head. He said: ‘Jada, GI Jane 2, I can not wait to see you. Ms. Smith has been facing hair loss since revealing her diagnosis of alopecia in 2018.
Most of the assembled audience of the world’s biggest stars gathered last night at The Dolby Theater in LA – and millions of people watching around the world – initially believed it was a joke, continuing to laugh at what had happened.
But Smith continued nervously when he returned to his place, as he kept shouting: Keep my wife’s name out of your mouth. The crowd then fell silent in astonishment as it became clear that the attack was real.
After being slapped, Rock appeared shocked as he tried to resume the presentation of the best documentary film category.
“It was the biggest night in television history,” Rock said, before returning embarrassingly to the presentation of the best documentary, which went to Questlove’s “Summer of Soul.”