Will Smith Slaps Chris Rock after he jokes about Jada's alopecia

Will Smith punches Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars after he made a joke about his wife's alopecia. Will Smith said "keep my wife's name out of your mouth!"

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Comment by dreamscometrue on April 2, 2022 at 5:28pm

To me, people like Bill Maher and people that do NOT understand black culture as it pertains to hair, really need to be quiet on this one, as well as those same people who applaud Chris Rock and his hypocritical juxtaposition with his documentary Good Hair.  There are things within the black experience some people do not understand, and probably never understand.  If he wanted to explain something to his daughter, that could have easily been a private conversation, but he put it on the big screen for all to see, and equate his position as one who understood the experience from a personal POV.  I think this event opened the need to explain something POC have been freaking with for a few centuries now, and some need to see it is painful because of having to deal with perceived stigmas.  I don't like the violent part of the event, however, one doesn't negate the other, but still, imo, Chris Rock is a hypocrite.  Thank you, @Cindie for the compliment :)  It's only my humble opinion based on my experience but only as a person with AU, but as a black person with AU, having lived my black experience.

Comment by Susan on April 3, 2022 at 12:11am

I was touchednyhis unabashed protective stance, despite being against any violence. It was an isolated, special circumstance. Wrong? Perhaps. But Will Smith gets it. He had his wife's back.

Comment by Nerida on April 3, 2022 at 5:53pm

Will was laughing when the joke was made.  I'm sure he is regretting hitting Chris but also about laughing at the joke.  

Comment by Dollhead on April 3, 2022 at 11:38pm

Let's look at a few things:

1.) The same people who were laughing at the "joke" in the beginning were absolutely fine with the smack when they thought it was part of a skit, which means they would have been perfectly OK with simulated violence. So what makes a slap OK if it's part of a skit yet not OK when it's not part of a skit if violent actions are violent actions? Even in the split second I thought "maybe this was staged," I wasn't laughing at CR's comment, was not laughing at the possibility this was a skit, and there were people in the audience who weren't laughing either. You could hear it in the room.

2.) Comedians are in an uproar because they know now there's only so far you can push the limits and now they have to really think twice about violating people's boundaries. And no, freedom of speech is not freedom from consequences, just as much as every action has an equal and opposite reaction. (Once again, it's F*& around and find out.)

3.) Will Smith exhibits that actions have consequences, has admitted to that by what he's done since what happened, and by all the people ready to burn him at the stake.

4.) The lack of any consequences for CR's actions post slap proves that consequences are only for some people.

5.) The moment CR's ticket sales dry up and when people start actually placing the blame squarely where it belongs, I have a very strong suspicion he's going to be done "assessing the situation" and have a faster epiphany than the Three Wise Men.

6.) Will Packer was the executive producer. The very minute CR went where he did, the camera should have been cut and they should have gone to commercial. PERIOD. And then has the damn nerve to try and CYA his way out of his screw up on morning TV interviews. Please don't pee on my bald head and tell me it's rain. Oh, and BTW, he was the producer for the movie Girl's Trip which had Jada Pinkett Smith as part of the cast. Niiiiccce! Way to throw a woman under the bus! Also, he's a producer for a sequel to Girl's Trip that was announced in January. Maybe CR can write the script with extra bald head jokes since it seems to be so damn funny.

7. So the message I'm also getting from CR - the one who wrote "Good Hair" for his daughter - is that "Good Hair" is only "Good Hair" when it's not cut extremely short, and that it becomes bad hair worthy of ridicule. Also, if I remember the reason why the protagonist in in G.I. Jane shaved her head it was one of the only ways she would be taken as seriously as the men. So once again, men making comments on women's appearances; " you'd look so much prettier if you'd smile!" "I'm not comfortable with your shaved head, so I'm going to call it out".

8.) Let's talk again about "Good Hair," shall we? We women in the Black community know what that means; it usually goes with light-skinned women with straight hair, brown-skinned women with slightly curly hair, or like my mother used to say, "black as homemade sin" with straight hair. You can't be dark-skinned and have coarse hair without somebody opening their mouths about it. And there are still Black men who make jokes about wearing wigs or say we're "tryanna be white". So those who don't have a choice and have to wear a wig have crap talked about them and those who do not get ridiculed still. (See: CR, Oscars 2022.)

9.) Now we have some sort of "purity test" on whether Jada Pinkett Smith actually has alopecia because she's not bald enough (?!) How is this any different than people going, "Is that your hair?" "I don't think that's your hair!" and then reaching out to snatch your wig off to prove something.

Once again - a man thought it was funny to make fun of a woman with an autoimmune disease in front of the whole world. This. Is. Not. That. Hard.

Comment by SabineTawni on April 4, 2022 at 9:46am

Dollhead, I can't help but wonder that if Cindy Lauper who has been very open about her psoriasis had been sitting in the audience, would Chris Rock and his disciples been fine with him hurling an insult at her at the Oscar Awards in front of a full-house?  If so, why?  If not, why not?  For all those who are "fine" with Chris Rock's bully, don't worry, there's more to come!  Next year when and if Bruce Willis shows up at the Awards, they will have another target for their bullying as they sling barbs at him concerning his aphasia in front of a full audience.  Can't wait to hear the criticism of Willis and his family not being "able to take a joke".

Comment by Susan on April 4, 2022 at 3:10pm

Huh. Now I'm wondering if Will, Jada and Chris concocted it to bring media attention to alopecia.

Too many people are so clueless about our plight.

Comment by Kathy on April 4, 2022 at 3:55pm

I can’t claim to be clued in to the plights of most, everyone has something with which they are struggling. I think it was simply a bad joke, Jada didn’t like Will laughing at it and he acted badly out of guilt. Jada laughed when Rock got slapped because her husband straightened up and flew right.  All very human and all very imperfect. Just like we all are. 

Comment by SabineTawni on April 6, 2022 at 11:50am

I agree, Kathy, it was a bad joke.  It was also bad idea for Chris Rock to stand up as host of the Oscars with a packed audience on national TV and blindside Jada and Will Smith with an inappropriate comment about an auto-immune disease.  Hopefully, Bruce Willis and his family will not attend the Oscars next year and have to worry about his aphasia used as cannon fodder for jokes by the host.  But Cindy Lauper needs to be careful about attending as her autoimmune disease (psoriasis) might be seen as fair game.  After all, "it's only skin".

Comment by nohairontop on April 6, 2022 at 11:06pm

Education is KEY, not violence. No one ever learn anything from violence but information has educated plenty. 
Use your time wisely, Will. 

Comment by Picdubois on April 7, 2022 at 8:18am

Free speech is free speech - it is a constitutional right. Period. Full stop. If it is hurtful or tasteless, or insulting, that does not give one the go-ahead for physical violence. Certainly, it does not give one the right to assault, which is what this was, unless it was feigned. In this case, it was a Hollywood comedian, roast act, and public figures for the most part roll with the punch in fun. Jada did not. There are cases where in your face comments are conducive to violence, but this was not one of those times.

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