The Slap of the Century

By Alexis Bernat, Staff Intern

The Oscars, otherwise known as the Academy Awards hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, aired live on Sunday, March 27, when millions of viewers saw presenter – and comedian – Chris Rock get slapped by Best Actor nominee Will Smith. 

“Jada (Pinkett Smith), I love you. G.I. Jane 2 can’t wait to see it,” Rock joked before Smith strode on stage and smacked him for referring to his wife’s shaved head, which she had due to alopecia, an autoimmune disease that causes hair loss.

This situation sparks an intriguing question: Who do you think was in the wrong?

In my opinion, both of them were. Rock had made a joke calling attention to someone else’s health condition and Smith slapped him for it. I understand that Rock’s job is to make jokes as a comedian but there are different jokes he could have made to allude to other aspects, such as hoping to see her voice a kale bunch in VeggieTales because of her green ruched dress. Though I can also understand acting impulsively out of frustration, Smith could have told Rock after the event (or backstage) that he didn’t appreciate the joke being made and to no longer make jokes about his wife instead of interrupting the Oscars to slap him. This would have created a better outcome.

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