Actor Will Smith shocked the world by hitting the face of comedian Chris Rock on stage on Oscar night on Sunday. The trigger was a joke triggered by Rock about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith and her shaved head.
“Jada, can’t wait for GI Jane 2,” the comedian said. The comment infuriated Will Smith, who walked forward and punched him.
After returning to his seat, the actor was heard shouting, “Keep my wife’s name out of your damn mouth.”
Jada Pinkett Smith talked about her decision to shave her head a few years ago, revealing on her talk show about her battle with alopecia areata.
Who “GI Jane“?
“GI Jane“is a 1997 film starring Demi Moore as Jordan O’Neil, the first woman to undergo Navy Seal training, even surpassing many of her male counterparts during preparation.
O’Neal, to solidify his position as a Navy Seal, shaved his head, became “GI Jane“. In the process, she completely hid her femininity.
Rock takes references from Moore’s character, making jokes about Pinkett Smith’s buzzcut.
Reactions on social media
After the incident, netizens and famous celebrities around the world flooded social media with their reactions.
“At your highest moment … be careful when the devil tries to come for you,” singer Cardi B said on Twitter.
Comedian Trevor Noah wonders if the feud between Smith and Rock was staged. “Wtaf ????? That’s not a script,” he tweeted.
According to the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), the comedian has decided not to file a police complaint against Will Smith.
Chris Rock has targeted Pinkett Smith in the past
This isn’t the first time the comedian has taken a pot-shot photo of Will Smith’s wife. While hosting the Oscars in 2016, Rock mocked Pinkett Smith for boycotting the event due to a lack of diversity among candidates, claiming that she wasn’t even invited.
In response, Pinkett Smith said she wanted to “keep it moving” beyond the joke.
The 94th Academy Awards took place at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles on March 27th.