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Will Smith Tried to Convince Chris Rock and Other Black Actors to Boycott Oscars Before Slapping Him to Defend Jada Pinkett Smith

Will Smith Tried to Convince Chris Rock and Other Black Actors to Boycott Oscars Before Slapping Him to Defend Jada Pinkett Smith

Will Smith is no new face in Hollywood, after his somewhat successful career during his singing career, he turned towards the acting industry with all that fame he gathered from his days being a singer and made it big as his name roared across Hollywood within a very short amount of time.

Will Smith has experienced many ups and downs in his career, but the most impactful one was during his controversy with comedian Chris Rock when Smith slapped Rock over a joke made about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith at the Academy Awards. Since then, Smith has faced severe backlash and has even been banned from the Oscars and recently some information has come to light about the incident.

Will Smith
Will Smith

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Chris Rock Opens Up About Will Smith’s Slap

Chris Rock opens up about the infamous slap at the 94th Academy Awards which he received from star actor Will Smith due to a joke he directed towards his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith which the couple took to heart. Though it happened almost a year ago, Chris Rock has not opened up about this or even share his thoughts about the matter, but recently in his recent Netflix release, Selective Outrage, the comedian opened up about how and why what happened, happened. Rock shared the details of what actually went down before the Oscars began and how he became involved in one of the most awkward situations of all time.

Oscars 2022 - Will Smith & Chris Rock
Oscars 2022 – Will Smith & Chris Rock

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Chris Rock recently revealed that the slap he received from Will Smith was due to a completely different reason than everyone was thinking of. Rock continued that Jada Pinkett Smith was especially angry with the Oscars due to the lack of diversity in the ceremony and also because Will Smith was not nominated for his role in Concussion. He further revealed that before the Oscars began, Pinkett Smith was trying to avoid the show and also get the African-American actors and actresses to boycott the ceremony.

Chris Rock’s Take on the Matter

As Chris Rock was the presenter for the Award Show at the event, it was obvious that Rock would be against the matter, and this was one of the main reasons Chris Rock was targeted. Though the unsavory joke triggered the whole pent-up situation from the Smiths, it partly had nothing to do with his joke that was directed toward Jada Pinkett Smith.

“Everybody that really knows, knows I had nothing to do with that sh*t. I didn’t have any ‘entanglements’.”

It was also a well-known fact that Jada Pinkett Smith had an affair with her son, Jaden Smith’s friend and the couple openly discussed the matter previously which might have set Will Smith on the wrong track as he was called names due to the incident. After the incident occurred at the Oscars, Will Smith was banned from any upcoming Academy Awards for the next decade and as compensation to Chris Rock, he was asked to host the next Oscars, which he rejected.

Chris Rock in his Netflic special: Selective Outrage
Chris Rock in his Netflix special: Selective Outrage

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Selective Outrage: A year later, Chris Rock slapped back. His stand-up comedy has always been one of the best in today’s world and with his most recent release on Netflix, he answered many questions through his stand-up and also taught many how to stand up on their own even if many are pushing you down. The show has very favorable ratings as fans loved the show and it became an instant hit after its release.

Selective Outrage is available for streaming on Netflix.

Source: Selective Outrage | Netflix

Written by Rajdeep Majumder

Rajdeep Majumder is a maniac for cold coffee besides being an avid CoD enthusiast and a student of Computer Science. On top of a budding investment in music and pop culture, Rajdeep now has an accumulated interest in the world of film and television. As an aspiring content writer, he can now boast of more than 200 published articles on Fandomwire under his byline. Looking ahead, he can envision himself backpacking across Europe within 5 years’ time.