Watch: uncensored clip of Will Smith hitting Chris Rock in the face at the Academy Awards

Started at the 2016 Oscars, famous for #oscarssowhite. Rock did a monologue poking fun at Pinket-Smith’s boycott after Will Smith was snubbed. They have apparently had a strained relationship ever since.

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That’s irrelevant to this particular incident.

Pinkett-Smith has alopecia, and that’s a public fact; meaning that her present physical appearance is somewhat beyond her control in regards to her hair.

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I get where you’re coming from, but that seems like an arbitrary distinction in the long-run. Plus it also rules out making fun of Trump’s reportedly small penis.

Also: was Chris Rock making fun of Jada Pinkett-Smith’s appearance? (general question)

Yes, he was.

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It’s just all too much. The only one I give a shit about in this whole fucking thing is Jada. She should have been the one delivering that slap, too. Rock’s joke was pathetic, Smith’s reaction was typical toxic manly behavior, and the whole thing reeks of two men who don’t want to learn how to be better human beings and, instead, lean on nasty old tropes of what it means to be a comedian, to be a man.

Now this is all anyone will talk about all day. The world burns, but sure… Will Smith slapped Chris Rock and swore at him, and isn’t THAT the real thing we should be discussing all day long? Our society is a sickness, and the Oscars are just one more example of why.

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Has it been shown that Chris Rock’s comments were off the cuff and not from the Academy writers?

If he’s standing on the stage making mean comments about the audience in a pretty mean spirited way then this is one thing…

But if he’s just reading a joke then it’s kind of different

A lot of talking out of both sides of the mouth with these folks

@fraudenfelder please change the headline to the more accurate ‘slap’. My understanding is a punch is closed-handed, and that’s not what happened here.

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Wow, a lot of people in Hollywood freaking hate Chris Rock going by that reception

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except it wasn’t wanda sykes who said what rock said because she’s a comic and it wasn’t, y’know, funny. chris rock once was funny but that remark wasn’t it. i’m not the one to say if smith was justified or not but casual hypotheticals aren’t clarifying the situation at all.

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“I’m not saying it’s right, but I understand.”

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The first deaf person to get an Oscar was Marlee Matlin in 1987 for Clildren of a Lesser God.

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Yes. It seems to be more like a slapping than punching to me.

Three Stooges GIF by IFC

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Jada looked fantastic. Those guys were being dicks.

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I also feel like mental illness should be out of bounds. The challenge is that it’s sometimes hard to tell when mental illness is in play.

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For some reason that reminded me of this.

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Not to excuse Will Smith, but Chris Rock should know better. I mean, he made a documentary called Good Hair: Good Hair - Wikipedia :roll_eyes:

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Well, that’s the important part. /s

Exactly. Pretending that it doesn’t make any difference in power dynamics is disingenuous.

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