On Sunday night at the Oscars, Will Smith slapped comedian Chris Rock for making a joke at the expense of his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.
During a monologue, Rock told Pinkett Smith, “Jada, I love you, G.I. Jane 2, can’t wait to see it,” making fun of Pinkett’s shaved head. Pinkett Smith has previously spoken about struggles with hair loss and appeared obviously displeased with the joke, and moments later her husband walked on stage and slapped Rock, reportedly saying “Keep my wife’s name out your f****** mouth” as he returned to his seat.
The incident quickly went viral and MMA world reacted to it on social media, with several people praising Rock’s ability to take a shot, some making jokes and likening it the alleged attack on Colby Covington by Jorge Masvidal, and the rest simply commenting on a situation that seems more at home at the World MMA Awards than at the Oscars.
Chris Rock got a chin— Johnny Muñoz (@KidKvenbo) March 28, 2022
Chris Rock got a chin— Megan Olivi (@MeganOlivi) March 28, 2022
Will Smith is a fucking legend.— michael (@bisping) March 28, 2022
Chat shit get banged.— michael (@bisping) March 28, 2022
Someone get me on the phone with Will Smiths boxing representative asap— Jake Paul (@jakepaul) March 28, 2022
I got $15m for Will Smith and $15m for Chris Rock ready to go— Jake Paul (@jakepaul) March 28, 2022
Let’s do it in August on my undercard https://t.co/jBYIpHOTk2
Anyone watching the #Oscars? Will Smith is a gangster for that one, Chris rock was the ultimate professional for the way he continued— BONY (@JonnyBones) March 28, 2022
Very hard to surprise me nowadays but watching Will Smith slap the shit out of Chris Rock is very surprising! I’m actually amazed that this happened. You could see the moment Will started to feel played— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) March 28, 2022
Woke up to Will Smith slapping the shit outta Chris Rock... pic.twitter.com/bm7GYbHugI— Megan Anderson (@MeganA_mma) March 28, 2022
Sucker punch? He looked boy in his eye and slapped him. Lol don’t tell me you getting soft on me now Dan! https://t.co/IucktixF04— Deron Winn (@DeronWinn) March 28, 2022
Colby and Chris rock crying with eachother “but It was just business” pic.twitter.com/RvlcO0rW1F— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) March 28, 2022
That was a clown move by Will Smith.— Will Brooks (@ILLxWillBrooks) March 28, 2022
Rock is a comedian he's doing what comedians do... Make jokes.
Will Smith is whack for that weak move.
What you protecting your wife from? Words? He's protecting his wife from jokes... how stupid and weak.
Lmao!!!!!!!!! If that was @ColbyCovMMA he would of been on the phone calling 911 while trying to give Trump a hand job. Well played @chrisrock. You took that shit like a man... You should catch him in the parking lot lol pic.twitter.com/4Cznq3il3l— Sean Strickland (@SStricklandMMA) March 28, 2022
Mike Lowery out here getting active lmao Chris should of rocked his ass ctfu https://t.co/7QiGoA6EnS— Jamahal Hill (@JamahalH) March 28, 2022
There go words having consequences again.— Randy Brown (@TouchNgo_) March 28, 2022
Colby and Masvidal take notes…— Jared Vanderaa (@Jaredvanderaa) March 28, 2022
Will Smith don't gotta cuss in his raps to sell records pic.twitter.com/XdCftf8C8c— Nick Newell (@NotoriousNewell) March 28, 2022
We giving points for slapping comedians........yall real inconsistent out here— Sodiq Yusuff (@Super_Sodiq) March 28, 2022
Don’t talk about ppls families ♀️ https://t.co/S3y8x27ZBD— Kay Hansen (@KayHansenMMA) March 28, 2022
Well done mr will smith— C H T O V E R A (@chitoveraUFC) March 28, 2022
Shortly after the incident, Smith returned to the stage, this time to accept the Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Richard Williams, the father of Venus and Serena Williams, in the movie King Richard.
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Congratulations you dirty kiwi @kaikarafrance you just punched your ticket with the God of War. @theassassinbaby you just took the back seat. You are 0- 2 against @Pantojamma if you could beat him I’ll give you the next title shot. Vs let’s make it happen @danawhite pic.twitter.com/mysuGl9Wsa— Deiveson (@Daico_Deiveson) March 27, 2022
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It was an honor had a blast https://t.co/njktDhjWQp— BRYAN BARBERENA (@bryan_barberena) March 27, 2022
I’m not one to ask for rematches and won’t bug you about it but if you ever want to do it again I’m down brother https://t.co/9GD5ZkNmUN— Matt Brown (@IamTheImmortal) March 27, 2022
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