The Slap Heard Round the World


Desirae Santana, Staff Writer

The Oscars is one of the biggest television events in the world. It is a show dedicated to presenting awards to world famous actors and actresses, directors, producers and so forth. It is full of cameras, lights, red carpets and of course celebrities.

When it comes to celebrities there is something that is always present: drama. This very specific event at the Oscars caused the viewing number to sky rocket, and it is all thanks to Will Smith, one of the most popular actors in the U.S. and the world. 

During the 2022 Oscars, Chris Rock was presenting an award for best documentary. During his speech he began to make jokes…as people were laughing he started to introduce Jada Pinkett Smith by making a joke about her short, cropped hair.

In the video you can see Will Smith laughing and then Jada rolls her eyes. As the camera points towards Chris Rock you can see Will Smith walking up to Chris and striking him across the face. When that happened the place went quiet as Smith headed back to his seat.

Smith then yelled at Chris Rock and told him to keep his wife’s name out of his mouth.

Things got very awkward, especially for Chris Rock, who was the only person on the stage at that time. Afterwards, this became a historical event in celebrity news history.

The “slap” was everywhere. Although this was the main attraction, there was still more to the story. There is a video that has been captured from another angle of Jada Pinkett Smith laughing right after Will Smith strikes Chris Rock. It has been spreading everywhere considering Will Smith and Chris Rock have been the center of attention for quite some time. 

A lot of fans and the media have a lot of opinions on what went down that day. Some say that it was real and that Will was only protecting his wife Jada. Some say that it was all a hoax for publicity and that is why Jada began to laugh. The list goes on about what really happened that day. But the only facts we can see is that this will be 100% one of the most memorable moments the Oscars have ever had before.