Justified Or Not: Twitter Divided After Will Smith Slaps Chris Rock At The Oscars Stage

Oscars 2022’s viewership skyrocketed when ‘Hitch’ actor Will Smith smacked comedian Chris Rock during the live broadcast of the significant awards in the entertainment industry.

It so happened that the host of the show, Rock joked about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith who suffers from alopecia which caused her hair loss and balding.

Post Smith’s violent act, he was given the ‘Best Actor’ award. And while delivering his acceptance speech, he got teary-eyed and apologized to the Academy, among others, without mentioning Chris Rock.

The episode garnered a lot of eyeballs with people sharing their two cents on the matter. The Academy also criticized the violent act.

A lot of people including some Bollywood celebs condemned Smith’s action saying that physical assault can’t be justified. The Academy also received a backlash for not taking action against Smith.

Among them were comedians who expressed worry that someone might come up and physically assault them on stage for their joke and probably get away with it too.

Some also came in support of him for standing up for his wife. Moreover, in the comedy scene, it’s unethical for comedians to ‘punch down’ on a subject. Basically, mocking people who suffer from a physical ailment, are marginalized in society, or those less powerful than us.

Both of them were wrong, opined some.

Clearly, Twitter is divided. What do you have to say about this incident?

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