Chris Rock (finally) breaks the silence on the slap of Will Smith and the pain felt

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At the 2022 Oscars, Will Smith’s inappropriate gesture overshadowed everything else. Four months later, Chris Rock talks about the slap he received from the actor and laughs at the pain he felt.

It was the event of the 2022 Oscars ceremony: Will Smith’s inappropriate gesture, when he slapped comedian Chris Rock after he made fun of his wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s alopecia.

If since the latter has spoken on the subject, and that some relatives have made known the state in which the actor was since then, Chris Rock, he had remained silent. Four months later, the comedian joked about this surreal scene, on stage.

On stage at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, he said, “Anyone who says words hurt has never been punched in the face.” Currently on tour in the United States alongside Kevin Hart, Chris Rock said he was not a victim but confided the pain felt at the time of the slap. “That shit hurt me, motherfucker,” he blurted out.

However, there was no question of benefiting from ITT for the actor, who assured that he had left to work the next day. “I’m not going to the hospital for a paper cut,” he laughed in front of his audience.

Just after the Oscars, the comedian has indeed started his tour. And he hadn’t mentioned this episode since. “I don’t have much to say about what happened, so if you came to hear that, I have an entire show that I wrote before this weekend, he had only confided during from his first show, in Boston.

I’m still processing what happened. So at some point, I’m going to talk about this shit. And it’s going to be serious and funny.” It is now done.


Since this sad event, Will Smith has meanwhile been banned from the Oscars ceremony, by decision of the organization.

And this for ten years. “The list of those I have hurt is long and includes Chris, his family, many of my dear friends and loved ones, all in attendance and a global audience back home.

I have betrayed the trust of the Academy I have deprived the other nominees and winners of their opportunity to celebrate and be celebrated for their extraordinary work I am heartbroken, the actor and father of two, Jaden and Willow Smith, had said.

Change takes time and I am committed to doing the work to ensure that I will never again allow violence to overtake reason.” He has since resigned from the Academy and treated himself to an initiatory trip to India.