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Oscars 2022 Live News Updateds : Could On-Stage Slap Cost Will Smith His Oscar?

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The morning after the 94th Academy Awards, everyone is still talking about that slap.

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Whilst presenting the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature, Chris Rock made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s hair, which her husband Will Smith did not appreciate. He approached Rock onstage and slapped him across the face. When he returned to his seat, Smith shouted “Get my wife’s name out yo f****** mouth.”

The internet came alive in the wake of the incident, with celebrities and other viewers tweeting their reactions and sharing memes.

Shortly after, Smith won his first Academy Award. He was awarded the Best Actor Oscar for his performance in tennis biopic King Richard. During his speech he made reference to the outburst and apologized to the Academy and to his fellow nominees. Neither Smith or Rock have directly addressed the incident since.

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Did Will Smith Violate Academy Standards?
Celebrities Condemn Violence, Praise Smith’s Passion
Jada Pinkett Smith Talks Struggle with Hair Loss
What We’ve Heard From Chris Rock So Far
What We’ve Heard From Will Smith So Far

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34 min ago
12:59 PM EDT
Did Will Smith Violate Academy Standards?

Will Smith’s on-stage slap at the Academy Awards may cost him his Oscar.

After slapping Chris Rock on the stage, Will Smith went on to win his first Academy Award for his lead role in King Richard.

Many are now wondering if the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will take Smith’s Oscar back.

After the producer Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal in 2018, the Academy issued new “Standards of Conduct.” Weinstein was then stripped of his Oscars for his 1998 film Shakespeare in Love.

The Standards and Conduct letter reminds Academy members that their position is a “privilege offered to only a select few within the global community of filmmakers” and that they “must also behave ethically by upholding the Academy’s values of respect for human dignity, inclusion, and a supportive environment that fosters creativity.”

The letter specifically mentions that there “is no place in the Academy for people who abuse their status, power or influence in a manner that violates recognized standards of decency,” adding that the organization is against “any form of abuse” and “harassment.”

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Anyone found in violation of these standards could face disciplinary actions from the organization’s Board of Governors, “including suspension or expulsion” from the Academy.

After the Oscar ceremony Sunday, the Academy tweeted that it “does not condone violence of any form.”

Chris Rock has not yet filed a police report against Smith, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
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Could Will Smith Be Stripped of Only Oscar Over Chris Rock Slap?

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12:30 PM EDT
Howard Stern Calls Will Smith, Trump ‘the Same Guy’

Radio host Howard Stern compared Will Smith’s actions during the Oscars to those of former President Donald Trump.

“Not one person came out, because he’s Will Smith, this is how Trump gets away with s***. Will Smith and Trump are the same guy,” Stern said during a Monday taping of his SiriusXM show. “He decided he’s going to take matters into his own hands. At a time when the world is at war. Bad timing, man. Calm your f**king a** down.”

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Stern also praised Chris Rock for his “fast” comedy and ability to recover from the incident right away.

“Chris Rock—Jesus—the guy is so fast, comedy-wise, he actually recovered and made a joke and said ‘Gee, best Oscars yet,’” he said. “He was able to comment outside of what just happened to him and then he got flustered.”
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‘Will Smith And Trump Are The Same Guy,’ Howard Stern On Oscars Slap

ESPN host Stephen A. Smith called Will Smith’s slap a “shameful act.”

“To go up on stage and slap Chris Rock like that, he’s lucky he didn’t get his a** kicked, particularly after the event was over,” he said in a video posted on Twitter.

Stephen Smith also shamed Will Smith for interrupting the Oscars, which was put on by Will Packer, a Black producer.

“There is no excuse for it, don’t even try to justify it,” he said.

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After the incident happened live on the Oscar broadcast, Stephen Smith said Will Smith “stained” his career.

“If Will Smith seriously did that — and he wins the OSCAR — he just stained the greatest moment of his career,” Stephen Smith tweeted. “You cannot do that S$&@!! Especially as a BLACK MAN, in that position, to ANOTHER BLACK MAN (Chris Rock) on THAT STAGE. If this was not a joke, Will won’t live this down!!!”

Stephen Smith later clarified that he did not know that Jada Pinkett Smith has alopecia at the time of the slap.

“She’s wonderful and great, so is Will Smith,” Stephen Smith tweeted. “But you do NOT do what Will did in that setting. Go backstage and handle that sh*t if you must.”
1 hr ago
12:00 PM EDT
Judd Apatow Faces Backlash for Now-Deleted Tweets About Will Smith

Director Judd Apatow faced backlash for his now-deleted tweets saying Will Smith “could have killed” Chris Rock when he slapped him on the Oscars stage.

“Seems like Will Smith’s plan to get comedians and the world to not make jokes about him is not going to pan out,” he tweeted. “The Williams family must be furious. Pure narcissism. Also- GI Jane was gorgeous. What exactly is insulting about being compared to a ripped, stunning, Demi?”

Twitter users replied to his tweet, noting Jada Pinkett Smith’s experience with alopecia. But Apatow said Will Smith “could have killed” Chris Rock.

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“He [Smith] could have killed him,” he replied. “That’s pure out of control rage and violence. They’ve heard a million jokes about them in the last three decades. They are not freshman in the world of Hollywood and comedy. He lost his mind.”

Apatow also seemed to imply Smith should not have taken the joke so seriously.

“I have more hair on my back than on my head and I can take a joke about it,” he tweeted.

Apatow also said Smith overshadowed Quest Love’s Oscar win for his documentary Summer of Soul.

“Will Smith screwed over Quest Love who deserved his moment without that toxic nonsense before him,” Apatow tweeted. “I’m glad Chris is ok. Will learning nothing training for Ali. Will Smith’s punches are as soft as his raps.”

Twitter uses are quick to express their frustration over Apatow’s tweets, calling his comments racist.

One Twitter user, Jason (One Piece Stan), wrote: “Judd Apatow got on twitter and attempted to portray will smith as a murderer. The level of anti-Blackness from white folks in Hollywood will never surprise me LMAO.”

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Author Roxane Gay replied to Apatow’s tweets.

“This is a wild thing to say Judd,” she tweeted. “As a fan, I urge you to really rethink this. It was not uncontrolled violence. The video is widely available so you know this.”

Others called Apatow out for not condemning the behavior of actors he has worked with.
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Judd Apatow Says Will Smith ‘Could Have Killed’ Chris Rock—Gets Backlash

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2 hr ago
11:31 AM EDT
Celebrities Condemn Violence, Praise Smith’s Passion

Celebrities, both those inside the Dolby Theater and those watching from their couches at home, shared their reactions to Will Smith slapping Chris Rock.

The slap divided many people, with many condemning the violence.

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Comedian Kathy Griffin said it is a “bad practice.”

“Let me tell you something, it’s a very bad practice to walk up on stage and physically assault a Comedian,” tweeted comedian and actress Kathy Griffin. “Now we all have to worry about who wants to be the next Will Smith in comedy clubs and theaters.”

Director Rob Reiner said Smith owes Rock a “huge apology.”

“Will Smith owes Chris Rock a huge apology, he tweeted. “There is no excuse for what he did. He’s lucky Chris is not filing assault charges. The excuses he made tonight were bullsh*t.”

Producer Marshall Herskovitz called on the Academy to take action against Smith.

“I call upon the Academy, of which I am a member, to take disciplinary action against Will Smith. He disgraced our entire community tonight,” the Blood Diamond producer tweeted.

Others praised Smith for his passion in defense of his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.

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Actor Colman Domingo said Smith’s behavior was truly “West Philly.”

“I thought, he’s from West Philly, just like I’m from West Philly. We’re very passionate people,” he said during an interview at an Oscars after party, adding that Smith’s emotions “got the better of him”

Comedian Tiffany Haddish, who stared in Girl’s Trip with Jada Pickett Smith, called Smith’s actions “the most beautiful thing I ever seen.”

“When I saw a Black man stand up for his wife. That meant so much to me,” Haddish told People magazine after the Oscars. “As a woman, who has been unprotected, for someone to say like, ‘Keep my wife’s name out your mouth, leave my wife alone,’ that’s what your husband is supposed to do, right? Protect you.”

She added that “meant the world to me.”

“Maybe the world might not like how it went down, but for me, it was the most beautiful thing I ever seen because it made me believe that there are still men out there that love and care about their women, their wives,” she added.

One Tree Hill star Sophia Bush said “violence” and “assault” is “never the answer” but also condemned Rock’s comments.

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“Violence isn’t ok,” Bush tweeted. “Assault is never the answer. Also? This is the 2nd time that Chris has made fun of Jada on the #Oscars stage, & tonight he went after her alopecia. Punching down at someone’s auto-immune disease is wrong. Doing so on purpose is cruel. They both need a breather.”
2 hr ago
11:01 AM EDT
Jada Pinkett Smith Talks Struggle with Hair Loss

For some who watched the Oscars Sunday night, Chris Rock’s joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s hair may have not seemed worthy of a slap.

“Jada, love you, G.I. Jane 2—can’t wait to see it,” Rock said, referencing the 1997 war drama G.I. Jane that featured actress Demi Moore with a shaved head.

But Pinkett Smith has been open about her experience with alopecia, a condition that causes hair to fall out.

During a 2018 Red Table Talk, Pickett Smith said she began losing “handfulls of hair” in the shower.

She said she believed at the time the hair loss was related to stress.

“I was just like ‘Oh my god am I going bald?’ It was one of those times in my life where I was literally shaking with fear,” she said. “That’s why I cut my hair and continue to cut it.”

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After consulting her doctors, she didn’t get answers at first.

“It was one of those times in my life where I was literally shaking with fear,” Smith said.

She said later that she started steroid injections that “seem to be helping.”
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Why Alopecia Causes Hair Loss and What Jada Pinkett Smith Has Said About It

3 hr ago
10:23 AM EDT
What We’ve Heard From Chris Rock So Far

Despite having his moment on stage interrupted, Rock powered on and managed to finish his role, presenting the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

Rock proceeded to tell a light joke about documentaries, before listing the nominees, then announcing the winner. He awarded the Best Documentary Feature Oscar to Ahmir ‘Questlove’ Thompson and the team behind Summer of Soul. Ironically, Philadelphia-native Questlove is a notable famous friend of both Rock and Smith.

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As Questlove gave his acceptance speech, Rock could be seen in the right of frame onscreen reacting to what had just happened.

Rock has also yet to speak out publicly about the incident, either in interviews or on social media. The only piece of information we’ve heard from Rock is that he won’t be pressing charges against Smith.

In a statement, the Los Angeles Police Department acknowledged last night’s incident and confirmed that “the individual involved has declined to file a police report.”

However, that doesn’t mean that Rock couldn’t still press charges against Smith if he wanted to. The LAPD continued, “If the involved party desires a police report at a later date, LAPD will be available to complete an investigative report.”
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Chris Rock Can Still Report Will Smith’s Oscars Slap to Police—LAPD

3 hr ago
10:10 AM EDT
What We’ve Heard From Will Smith So Far

At this point, Smith will no doubt be recuperating after what turned out to be an incredibly eventful night for him, filled with highs and lows.

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After his confrontation with Rock live during the ceremony, Smith was given a pep talk by Denzel Washington and Tyler Perry during the commercial break before he went on to accept award for Best Actor at the 2022 Oscars. Like any other award-winner, he then proceeded to attend the Vanity Fair Oscars party with his family.

He was filmed on the dance floor, Oscar statuette in-hand, rapping and dancing along to some of his own songs.

While he’s yet to address the incident with Rock directly in interviews, he may have made a wry comment moments after the slap. Around the same time that the incident occurred, he commented on his own recent picture and said, “You can’t invite people from Philly or Baltimore nowhere!!”

While Smith has yet to clearly update his own social media, his son Jaden has. He wrote on Twitter, “And That’s How We Do It.”

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