Will Smith slapped Chris Rock in front of the 2022 Oscars crowd, and the comedian is now at last speaking out about the viral and shocking incident.
“Anyone who says words hurt has never been punched in the face,” Rock said onstage (via US Weekly). “I’m not a victim. Yeah, that shit hurt, motherfucker. But I shook that shit off and went to work the next day. I don’t go to the hospital for a paper cut.”
According to Entertainment Tonight, Rock co-headlined the Only Headliners Allowed comedy tour with Kevin Hart on Saturday (July 23) at Madison Square Garden. A source said that during Rock’s act, he “made a joke about Will during a piece on ‘cancel culture,’ saying that ‘anyone who believes words hurt has never been hit in the face.”
Why Did Will Smith Slap Chris Rock?
Smith slapped Rock during the 2022 Academy Awards when Rock remarked that Jada Pinkett Smith’s hairstyle was suitable for a part in “G.I. Jane 2.” Pinkett Smith had previously been diagnosed with alopecia, or hair loss. Smith eventually apologised to the Academy and presenter Chris Rock on Instagram and was barred from attending the Oscars for the next decade.
Rock initially came up about the incident on the first stop of his sold-out comedy tour, which began just five days after the Academy Awards at the Wilbur in Boston.
“I don’t have a bunch of shit about what happened, so if you came to hear that, I have a whole show I wrote before this weekend, and I’m still kind of processing what happened,” Rock said at the time. “So at some point I’ll talk about that shit. And it’ll be serious, and it’ll be funny.”
Rock later joked he “got smacked by the softest n—- that ever rapped,” referencing Smith.
During the June 1 episode of the web series “Red Table Talk,” Pinkett Smith addressed the slap.
“My deepest hope is that these two intelligent, capable men have an opportunity to heal, talk this out, and reconcile,” Pinkett Smith said of her husband and Rock. “The state of the world today, we need them both. And we all actually need one another more than ever. Until then, Will and I are continuing to do what we have done for the last 28 years, and that’s keep figuring out this thing called life together.”