Dana White, Fighters React To Will Smith Slapping Chris Rock At The Oscars
One of the craziest moments in Oscars’ history happened on Sunday.
Actor Will Smith slapped comedian Chris Rock hard across the face after the comedian made a joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett-Smith, and her now bald head. Pinkett Smith suffers from Alopecia, which causes hair loss.
During a monologue, Rock said, “Jada, I love you, G.I. Jane 2, can’t wait to see it,” making fun of her shaved head.
She was visually displeased and moments later Smith made his way to the stage and slapped Rock. He walked back to his seat and said, “Keep my wife’s name out your f— mouth.”
“The Slap” has gone viral on social media with many in the fight industry chiming in on the conversation, including UFC President Dana White.
“FINALLY!!!!! there’s an #Oscars show worth watching. AND @chrisrock has a chin,” White tweeted.
FINALLY!!!!! there’s an #Oscars show worth watching. AND @chrisrock has a chin https://t.co/SYahGonQTg
— danawhite (@danawhite) March 28, 2022
Very hard to surprise me nowadays but watching Will Smith slap the shit out of Chris Rock is very surprising! I’m actually amazed that this happened. You could see the moment Will started to feel played
— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) March 28, 2022
— Francis Ngannou (@francis_ngannou) March 28, 2022
Some fighters made fun of the incident and referenced Jorge Masvidal’s recent alleged street attack of Colby Covington, which fractured Covington’s tooth and bruised his arm.
Colby and Chris rock crying with eachother “but It was just business” pic.twitter.com/RvlcO0rW1F
— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) March 28, 2022
Colby and Masvidal take notes…
— Jared Vanderaa (@Jaredvanderaa) March 28, 2022
Smith has since apologized about the incident. He first apologized when he was accepting his first Oscar for Best Actor for his performance in “King Richard.” On Monday, he posted a lengthy apology on social media.
No charges came out of the incident.