The Oscars are one of the biggest and most prestigious award ceremonies in the field of cinema. Hence, a little drama at the 94th Academy Awards was expected. However, we ended up getting an overdose of what will go down as one of the most embarrassing moments in the history of live TV.
Stars joking about other celebrities is not something new for award shows. Sometimes the jokes are just in bad taste and even the audiences call out the host for crossing the line. However, it is too audacious a thought that someone offended by a joke will go on stage and slap a comedian.
“Rock made a semi-unfunny joke about Will Smith’s wife”: OJ Simpson
However, this time around, a joke targeted at a star’s wife led to slapping and cursing on live TV. Chris Rock joked about Will Smith’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith. He claimed that he is looking forward to a sequel to “G.I. Jane,” which infuriated Smith. The Hollywood superstar stood up from his chair, walked up to Chris, and slapped him with all his might.
After this, a number of people lashed out at Will for his actions. Football great OJ Simpson, who has been involved in a few controversies during his lifetime, also reprimanded Smith for crossing the line. Simpson to Twitter to claim that although what Smith did was completely wrong, he can understand why he lost his cool.
“It’s unfortunate. I think Will was wrong,” he said. “Now, in my life, I’ve been through a lot of crap and I was raising two young kids and every comedian in the country had an O.J. routine, don’t think I wouldn’t want to slap a couple of those guys, but you gotta accept it. It’s humor,” he added.
OJ called Rock’s joke “a semi-unfunny one” and added that he would have faced drastic repercussions if he would have slapped anyone as Smith did. “I don’t get it. I do know this after what happened to me in Vegas. If I would have done that in front of 1 million people watching around the world, they would have given me life without,” he added.