Fans are praising comedian Chris Rock for his cool demeanor after being punched in the face by actor Will Smith during the Oscars ceremony on Monday. According to recent reports, the comic has also refused to press charges against Will for punching him on stage.
Will, who won his first Best Actor Oscar for his role as Richard Williams in King Richard, walked to the stage minutes earlier and threw a blow on Chris after the comedian made a joke about his wife, actress Jada Pinkett-Smith, during the ceremony. Chris just smiled and went back to his job as an award presenter.
While social media is divided on whether Will was correct in attempting to protect his wife’s ‘honour,’ others are outraged by his brazen display of violence. Many people were perplexed as to why Will wasn’t escorted out of the wedding or arrested. The Los Angeles Police Department, on the other hand, released a statement confirming that Chris had refused to make a police report.
“An incident involving two persons occurred during the Academy Awards ceremony, according to LAPD investigators. One person slapped another during the incident. The person who was involved in the incident has declined to submit a police report. The LAPD will be available to finish an investigative report if the involved party requests one at a later time “The LAPD issued a statement.
When Rock took the stage to deliver the winners of the best documentary feature award, the conversation began. Before announcing the winner, Rock made a joke about Jada Pinkett-Smith, joking that she could star in the “G.I. Jane” sequel, which she rolled her eyes at.
The joke was about Jada’s shorn head due to the autoimmune illness alopecia, but it didn’t sit well with Will, who stormed the stage and punched Rock, leaving everyone in the audience stunned. Rock responded to the actor’s insult by saying, “Wow, that was incredible. Will Smith just whacked me across the face.”
Will even apologized after winning Best Actor, but not to Chris. “I’d like to express my regret to the academy. I’d want to express my regret to all of my fellow nominees… Life imitates art. Like Richard Williams, I have the appearance of a mad father. Love, on the other hand, will drive you insane “Through tears, the actor expressed himself.