- Will Smith has apologized to the Academy earlier
- A day later, he publicly apologized to Chris Rock
- Will Smith won the Best Actor award
Chris Rock’s unpleasant humor about Will Smith’s wife and actress Jada Pinkett Smith and the actress responding with a slap overcame everything that happened at the 94th Academy Awards, including Will Smith’s Best Actor win for King Richard |. Here is a little background for those who need it. When Chris Rock appeared on stage to present the award for Best Documentary Feature, he made a joke about Will Smith’s wife and actress, Jada Pinkett Smith being in “GI Jane” because of her appearance, which sparked The Pursuit of Happiness the actor, who slapped Chris Rock and returned to his seat and shouted, “Keep my wife’s name out of your f ***** g mouth.” Later, while receiving the Best Actor trophy, Will Smith apologized to the Academy and its nominees but not to Chris. She just apologized to him a day later on social media (more on that later).
While both Chris Rock and Will Smith have received criticism on social media, Chris Rock’s upcoming comedy tour saw a surge in sales after the infamous Oscar incident. The online marketplace for event tickets is called Tick Pick tweet, “We’re selling more tickets to see Chris Rock overnight than we did last month combined.” Meanwhile, Variety reported that the platform “claims that ticket prices have soared since Sunday night, rising from a minimum of $ 46 per ticket on March 18 to a minimum of $ 341.” Chris Rock is set to put on six shows at the Wilbur Theater in Boston from March 30 to April 1.
After the incident, the Academy tweeted a brief statement saying it did not “condone violence in any form.” Meanwhile, Chris Rock has declined to make a police report, the Los Angeles Police Department said. Meanwhile, the Academy of Film Arts and Sciences has begun a “formal review” of the situation. “We have officially begun a formal review of the incident and will explore further actions and consequences in accordance with our California By-Laws, Standards of Conduct and laws,” a statement from the Academy said, the AFP news agency reported. On Monday, a brief tweet shared after the Oscars from the Academy holder said it did not “forgive violence in any form.”
Meanwhile, Will Smith, who exclusively apologized to the Academy and candidates on Monday, posted a public apology on Instagram, referring to Chris Rock, the Williams family and the Academy. Will Smith won Best Actor for his role as Richard Williams, father of tennis stars Venus and Serena.
(With input from AFP)