Chris Rock Jokes About Will Smith Slap

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94th Annual Academy Awards - Backstage
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 27: In this handout photo provided by A.M.P.A.S., Chris Rock is seen backstage during the 94th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 27, 2022 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Al Seib /A.M.P.A.S. via Getty Images)
In his return to the Dolby Theatre, Chris explained why he didn't retaliate.

The slap that shook pop culture involving Chris Rock and Will Smith returns. We may never know what influenced Smith before he strutted across the Oscars stage and smacked Rock, but both men are moving forward. As Smith heavily promotes his new film Emancipation, Page Six reports Rock was back at the Dolby Theatre for a comedy show.

The location was where his infamous Academy Awards moment took place, and during his routine, Rock aimed at Smith. He reportedly quipped about Dave Chappelle and cracked jokes about the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol. Then, he delivered the material that audiences have waited for.

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“People were like, ‘Did it hurt?’ You’re goddamn right it hurt,” Rock stated. “Will Smith is significantly bigger than me. I am not the same size, Ok? This motherf*cker played Ali! I played Pookie from New Jack City!"

Throughout the year, the public has debated the slap. Some questioned why Rock didn't match Smith's violent energy. Others applauded him for keeping his cool under pressure.

“People say, ‘Why the f*ck did you do nothing back?’ Because I got parents,” Rock said. “Because I was raised, you know? You know what my parents taught me? Don’t fight in front of white people! No, I’m not a victim!”

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It is speculated that Rock's joke about Jada Pinkett Smith's bald head was what set the slap into motion. Cameras captured the look on Jada's face following the mention, but the public wasn't shown what occurred just before Smith yelled at Rock from the audience. Jada endured ridicule, trolling, and teasing, but the Smith family has kept their lips sealed about the true crux of the issue.

Meanwhile, Chris is reportedly slated to perform on Netflix's first-ever live show. He may dig a little deeper during that comedy special.


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Erika Marie is a seasoned journalist, editor, and ghostwriter who works predominantly in the fields of music, spirituality, mental health advocacy, and social activism. The Los Angeles editor, storyteller, and activist has been involved in the behind-the-scenes workings of the entertainment industry for nearly two decades. E.M. attempts to write stories that are compelling while remaining informative and respectful. She's an advocate of lyrical witticism & the power of the pen. Favorites: Motown, New Jack Swing, '90s R&B, Hip Hop, Indie Rock, & Punk; Funk, Soul, Harlem Renaissance Jazz greats, and artists who innovate, not simply replicate.