[Blind Gossip] At one of the Oscars after parties, the focus was definitely on the shocking altercation between Will Smith and Chris Rock!
I was hanging with some actors at [redacted] and everyone agreed that it was not staged and that it happened spontaneously.
However, there was some disagreement as to who was at fault.
One actor – who is a previous Oscar nominee/winner – actually thought the whole situation was funny.
He was watching it on repeat on someone’s tablet and laughing. He was saying, “C’mon! That’s a girly slap!”
He said that if Will Smith was a real man, he would have knocked Chris Rock out cold with one good punch to the face.
He was also going on about how if Chris Rock had insulted HIS wife, he’d be waking up in a hospital!
So our tough guy actor was not horrified by the event. He thought it was justified. And he found it funny. And he even thought that there should have been more violence.
Our tough guy actor had one more comment about Will Smith.
He said, “You can f*ck his wife. You just can’t f*ck WITH his wife!”
That comment was likely in reference to Will Smith and Jada Smith’s open marriage and the affair she had with August Alsina.
Remember when the Oscars was a night of movie stars, glamour and class? That suddenly seems very long ago…
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Tough Guy Actor:
[Optional] Your reaction to Will Smith slapping Chris Rock? Was the assault justified?
Javier Bardem. He seems weird enough to find this funny. So much hypocrisy. Celebrities are always pontificating about things like toxic masculinity and behavior, yet now some of them are actually glorifying an assault that was live on camera! Yeah, that makes sense (eye roll).
I have a son, and I would never encourage him to assault someone for making a joke. That kind of chivalry is seriously misguided.
Chris Rock is a comedian…He was performing when Will Smith went nuts…Millions of people around the world watched how unhinged Will Smith really is…Take back the Oscar…He should be charged with assault & battery…Will Smith needs a padded room …
Tough guy – Josh Brolin.
When Chris first cracked the joke, Will was laughing at it, while Jada looked pissed off, rolling her eyes and posturing. She must have said something to Will after the camera cut back to Chris that motivated Will to assault Chris. That was a soft joke that no one should have taken offense at. Chris handled it well but Will should have been immediately escorted out and his win rescinded. Totally toxic, classless and appalling.
Will Smith ruined this show for me. I’ve watched the awards every year since 1962. In seconds he destroyed the fun and glamour of the Oscars. That disgraceful, brawling behavior suggests to me that he was faded from alcohol, drugs or the fantasy of his own vanity and self-importance. The Smiths’ have shoved their marital shenanigans down the public’s throat far too long. He should have sucked it up like a gentleman. Courtesy and decorum in this country is largely gone. A hot, steaming…
‘Tough guy’ Samuel L. Jackson – who seems quite happily married and received a lifetime achievement Oscar that night but we don’t know this because Mad King Will made it all about himself.
What should be done?
Stop excusing this assault. It’s not a “Hollywood Moment” or a black thing to choose violence over rising above the situation. Dave Chappelle, on the attempt to cancel him, used that moment to raise awareness and a fund raiser for a schools benefit. Strip Will of the Oscar and ban him from ever attending or voting again.
Horrified at Will Smith actions and I feel bad for Jada always getting mocked for her health condition Alopecia. I’ve known a few coworkers with it and it’s a huge life change to lose your hair, and wigs are a difficult get right. There’s been one report of a child committing suicide from bullying with Alopecia. Would this be funny if he mocked a cancer patient? No it wouldn’t be. Crude joke. Terrible reaction by the husband.
Scratch that, he’s never been married. Robert De Niro?
Sounds like Al Pacino.
It was NOT justified! I’m disgusted by all of these people suggesting that if a comedian offends them, it’s okay to storm the stage and assault the comedian. Shame on Will Smith, shame on the Academy for not immediately removing him, and shame on every person in that theater who stood and cheered for a violent man who is so full of himself and so unable to control his temper that he did something this wildly unacceptable.
I feel like this would be someone younger based on the somewhat childish reaction described in this blind…so my guess is Timothee Chalamet lol.
No idea who that a*hole is
It was not justified, like we need more violence in the world!
And then he gets applauded for that! So horrible!
So common…no class….just plain stupid
Staged bit. The slap was not even close to making contact. Rock snapped his head back way too early. I feel sorry for anyone unable to grasp the truth which is plain to see on the video.
It looked staged to me too. I saw what you saw: Will’s hand didn’t connect with Chris’ face & Chris reacted too quickly. Also if someone REALLY jumped up on stage and was violent security would’ve pounced on them in a heartbeat.
1. The Academy would never stage a PR bit using violence. It’s bad optics.
2. Smith used aggressive profanity on a live broadcast. The Academy would frown on that.
3. The incident never aired on US broadcast. Why stage it if it missed your target audience?
4. If Rock/Smith staged it, why work almost your entire life trying to win an Oscar only to risk being stripped of it due to violating the code of conduct over a PR stunt?
5. If you knew you were going to win, why ruin your big…
Since I don’t believe Jada has Alopecia, no, Will’s action was unjustified. Besides, she’s been rocking that look for a while and it looks good on her.
I wouldn’t go as far to say that she doesn’t have alopecia – many black women who’ve used braids and weaves a lot get traction alopecia and choosing to turn it into a style is a way to deal with it. She definitely suits it, in any case.
Not sure who the tough guy is however his one last comment was entertaining. And true!
I’ll guess Russell Crowe – fightin’ round the world.
It is a terrible line that was crossed. We always used to say “F*** ’em if they can’t take a joke.” And for years and years tasteless jokes have been the norm for many award shows. Suck it up or perhaps walk out. When stand-up comedians have to worry that a bad or unfunny joke can be followed by somebody walking on stage and punching or slapping him or her, well, that is just wrong on every level.
Sounds like Denzel Washington, who seemed to sympathize with Will Smith.
Hollywood is so weird. Constantly pontificating about woke things like toxic masculinity, yet here is someone glorifying an actual assault.
Robert Duvall? Just a guess. Not even sure if he was there but since they were honoring The Godfather, maybe.
No, I think his assault was overkill, of course if he was drunk, it might explain a lot.
No idea who the actor is. But what Smith did was outrageous. That was a physical assault. I hope the Academy doesn’t allow Smith to present the Best Actress award next year. He needs to “pay” for his thuggery in some way
Not sure who the tough guy is, but….
What woman needs defending in this way? This is NOT love or loving at all!! Violence is never loving.
It is different if someone is physically attacking me and a man is defending me. But assaulting another for me isn’t loving.
Also, TAKE A JOKE and it was such an over reaction!
Finally someone has pointed out jumping in to protect his woman was sexist. Jada seems capable of standing up for herself. She gave a disapproving look on hearing the joke. Her expression said it all – there was no need for a man to act on her behalf. Anyway it seemed staged to me…although I have no idea why they would want to draw adverse publicity.
It must’ve been a setup. Chris Rock was laughing. And I thought it circled back to the comments Smith made in his speech about Richard Williams defending his family.