How Hollywood has reacted to Will Smith's altercation with Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars

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Last night's Oscars ceremony certainly left fans with many memorable and historic moments - from Ariana DeBose's monumental win for her role in West Side Story to Troy Kotsur becoming the first deaf man to win an Academy Award.

However, the moment on everyone's lips is sadly a more negative one.

Yes, during last night's 94th annual Academy Awards, drama ensued as Will Smith had a physical altercation with comedian Chris Rock.

The shocking moment came after Rock made a joke about Smith's wife, Jada, telling her: "Jada, I love ya! G.I. Jane 2 - can't wait to see it."

The joke - which appeared to be a comment on Jada's shaved head resembling Demi Moore's buzzcut in the 1997 movie, G.I. Jane - did draw laughter from the audience, but Pinkett Smith looked visibly unimpressed and rolled her eyes.

Seconds later, husband Will took to the stage, approached Rock, and slapped him across the face. When he returned to his seat, the Men In Black star shouted at the comedian: "Keep my wife's name out of your f****** mouth!"

An uncensored can be seen below (Warning - strong language):

Now, following the dramatic moment at last night's ceremony, this is how Hollywood has responded to the news...

"It was just a joke. Jokes are what Chris Rock does. Always has been edgy. This was a mild joke for him. And i love GI Jane," tweeted Rosemary's Baby star Mia Farrow.

Conan O'Brien quipped: "Just saw the Will Smith slap. Anyone have a late night show I can borrow just for tomorrow?"

Meanwhile, One Tree Hill star Sophia Bush explained: "Violence isn’t ok. Assault is never the answer. Also? This is the 2nd time that Chris has made fun of Jada on the #Oscars stage, & tonight he went after her alopecia. Punching down at someone’s auto-immune disease is wrong. Doing so on purpose is cruel. They both need a breather."

Star Wars legend Mark Hamill added: "Stand-up comics are very adept at handling hecklers. Violent physical assault... not so much. #UgliestOscarMoment_Ever".

The Journey of Natty Gann star Meredith Salenger tweeted: "I’m sorry. But uh uh! No. Don’t equate standing up for your family to punching someone over a joke! That is assault. Sorry. I love you and your acting. But NOT okay. And GASLITE everyone that knows that was wrong!!! That was not okay! And your speech… I’m sorry. No."

Comedian Randy Rainbow asked the question we all should be asking ourselves: "Has anyone checked on Demi Moore?"

And rapper 50 Cent also shared his thoughts on the moment, before trying to flog his merch:

Following the dramatic moment, the Academy released a statement to its official Twitter page, reading: "The Academy does not condone violence of any form. Tonight we are delighted to celebrate our 94th Academy Awards winners, who deserve this moment of recognition from their peers and movie lovers around the world."

Additionally, Smith did apologize to the Academy during his acceptance speech, after he won the Best Actor Oscar for his role in King Richard.

And while we're on reactions, here's my favorite meme from the event:

Featured image credit: Doug Peters / Alamy

How Hollywood has reacted to Will Smith's altercation with Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars

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By stefan armitage

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Last night's Oscars ceremony certainly left fans with many memorable and historic moments - from Ariana DeBose's monumental win for her role in West Side Story to Troy Kotsur becoming the first deaf man to win an Academy Award.

However, the moment on everyone's lips is sadly a more negative one.

Yes, during last night's 94th annual Academy Awards, drama ensued as Will Smith had a physical altercation with comedian Chris Rock.

The shocking moment came after Rock made a joke about Smith's wife, Jada, telling her: "Jada, I love ya! G.I. Jane 2 - can't wait to see it."

The joke - which appeared to be a comment on Jada's shaved head resembling Demi Moore's buzzcut in the 1997 movie, G.I. Jane - did draw laughter from the audience, but Pinkett Smith looked visibly unimpressed and rolled her eyes.

Seconds later, husband Will took to the stage, approached Rock, and slapped him across the face. When he returned to his seat, the Men In Black star shouted at the comedian: "Keep my wife's name out of your f****** mouth!"

An uncensored can be seen below (Warning - strong language):

Now, following the dramatic moment at last night's ceremony, this is how Hollywood has responded to the news...

"It was just a joke. Jokes are what Chris Rock does. Always has been edgy. This was a mild joke for him. And i love GI Jane," tweeted Rosemary's Baby star Mia Farrow.

Conan O'Brien quipped: "Just saw the Will Smith slap. Anyone have a late night show I can borrow just for tomorrow?"

Meanwhile, One Tree Hill star Sophia Bush explained: "Violence isn’t ok. Assault is never the answer. Also? This is the 2nd time that Chris has made fun of Jada on the #Oscars stage, & tonight he went after her alopecia. Punching down at someone’s auto-immune disease is wrong. Doing so on purpose is cruel. They both need a breather."

Star Wars legend Mark Hamill added: "Stand-up comics are very adept at handling hecklers. Violent physical assault... not so much. #UgliestOscarMoment_Ever".

The Journey of Natty Gann star Meredith Salenger tweeted: "I’m sorry. But uh uh! No. Don’t equate standing up for your family to punching someone over a joke! That is assault. Sorry. I love you and your acting. But NOT okay. And GASLITE everyone that knows that was wrong!!! That was not okay! And your speech… I’m sorry. No."

Comedian Randy Rainbow asked the question we all should be asking ourselves: "Has anyone checked on Demi Moore?"

And rapper 50 Cent also shared his thoughts on the moment, before trying to flog his merch:

Following the dramatic moment, the Academy released a statement to its official Twitter page, reading: "The Academy does not condone violence of any form. Tonight we are delighted to celebrate our 94th Academy Awards winners, who deserve this moment of recognition from their peers and movie lovers around the world."

Additionally, Smith did apologize to the Academy during his acceptance speech, after he won the Best Actor Oscar for his role in King Richard.

And while we're on reactions, here's my favorite meme from the event:

Featured image credit: Doug Peters / Alamy