The actor defended his wife’s honor, and half an hour later received his first Oscar.
The 94th Academy Awards, which will be remembered by the public for a live fight, took place in Hollywood. The incident occurred when comedian Chris Rock took the stage, who was to announce the winner in one of the categories. During the speech, the comedian turned to Jade Pinkett-Smith, the wife of actor Will Smith, and joked harshly about her “surprisingly short haircut.” The woman suffers from an autoimmune disease – alopecia, which causes hair loss. Smith’s wife first spoke about the diagnosis last summer because she was tired of being afraid and shy.
“Jada, I love you, Soldier Jane-2.” I can’t wait to see this, “joked the comedian, bearing in mind that the heroine of this film was bald.
Judging by the reaction of Will Smith’s wife, she did not like this comparison – she rolled her eyes, trying to control her emotions. But the actor could not stand it, ran to the stage and hit Chris Rock. Censors turned off the sound during the live broadcast, but videos appeared on the Internet showing an indignant Will Smith returning to the hall and shouting at the comedian to “never say his wife’s name with his dirty mouth.”
“That’s right! This night will be the greatest in the history of TV, “said Chris Rock after the incident.
Interestingly, half an hour later Will Smith came on stage again – he won an Oscar for his role in the movie “King Richard”, where he plays the father of tennis icons Venus and Serena Williams. Earlier, the actor was twice nominated for Best Actor: in 2002 for the boxing biopic “Ali” and in 2006 for “The Pursuit of Happiness”.
During the solemn speech, Will Smith could not contain his emotions and cried. He apologized to the academy and fellow nominees for the incident with Chris Rock, and drew a parallel with Richard Williams, who was a fierce defender of his family.
“I was called to love, protect people and be a source of inspiration in this life. I know that to do what we do, you have to be able to endure a lot. You have to be able to make people go crazy over you. In this business, you have to be able to make people disrespectful to you. And you have to smile and pretend that everything is fine when this happens, ”the actor added.
Recall that in 2020, the Internet “exploded” the news that the actor Will Smith allowed his wife Jade Pinkett to have a lover. Fans wondered how the couple could decide on this. Soon the truth about the young lover was revealed by Jada herself, confessing to treason. Despite the scandal, the couple was able to save the marriage.