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Will Smith's Slap - a Discussion

Hosted by the Consul of the Global Energized Living Group
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Tue 05 Apr 20:00 - 21:30

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On March 27, Protected content , during the live television broadcast of the 94th Academy Awards, actor Will Smith walked onstage and slapped comedian Chris Rock across the face as he presented the Award for Best Documentary. Just before, Rock had acknowledged Smith's wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, with a joke about her shaved head. Pinkett Smith, who suffers from alopecia areata, was seated next to Smith and did not appear amused. Smith then walked onto the stage and slapped Rock before returning to his seat and shouting at the comedian, including the use of profanity. Rock briefly commented on the incident and then continued the ceremony. Later in the ceremony, Smith went on to win the Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of tennis coach Richard Williams in the film King Richard. In his acceptance speech, Smith apologized to the Academy and to his colleagues, but not to Rock.

Audience members and television viewers were shocked by the incident and some wondered whether it was scripted. In the United States, most of the audio of the confrontation was muted by broadcaster ABC due to federal laws, but uncensored video footage from international broadcasters was posted online and quickly went viral, rapidly accumulating tens of millions of views across multiple platforms. The incident prompted widespread commentary, discussion and debate. The following day, Smith issued an apology to Rock and the Academy via Instagram and Facebook. Smith resigned his membership in the Academy on April 1, Protected content ,