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28th Mar 2022

70 per cent of people believe Will Smith should be allowed to keep his Oscar after hitting Chris Rock

Kieran Galpin


The people have spoken

70 per cent of JOE readers feel that Will Smith should be allowed to keep his Oscar after giving Chris Rock one hell of a slap.

During Sunday’s Oscar ceremony, moments before he collected his own shiny trophy for Best Actor, Smith, 53, slapped comedian Rock, 57, after he made an insensitive joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith.

Rock had compared Pinkett Smith to “G.I Jane” due to her shaved head, itself a result of her ongoing battle with alopecia, a condition which causes a person’s hair to fall out. The comment earned Rock a whack from the I Am Legend star, leaving audiences across the world stunned, baffled and divided.

We polled our readers on social media where we found that 70 per cent of you want Smith to keep his Best Actor award, which he won for starring in director Reinaldo Marcus Green’s King Richard.

“Well he said it in his speech playing the roll of Richard Williams… always defending and protecting his family and people at all costs. He was still in character!!” reads one comment on our Facebook post.

Another wrote: “Yes. Maybe Chris and other comedians will think twice about making fun of someone’s illness or disability.”

On Twitter, most people believe “Rock should of known better” and that Smith won the Oscar “for his craft.”

Other people doubled down on the belief that the whole thing was staged. “Im not having that wasn’t staged,” wrote one Twitter user, while another agreed with: “Should have been given an additional one tbh.”

However not everyone is sold, with one Facebook user writing:” Situation is way out of control, I feel sorry for Chris Rock and I was a big Will Smith fan. I believe he has let himself down big time there. Regardless of what was said, these comedians say these jokes.”

“His big moment of winning this Oscar will forever be shadowed for this act, he was wanting to win the Oscar for so long, such a horrible act in this big event can’t be a good thing, we all know that,” another echoed.

While the world continues to debate the topic, The Academy has remained eerily silent since its initial response. They wrote: “The Academy does not condone violence of any form.

“Tonight we are delighted to celebrate our 94th Academy Awards winners, who deserve this moment of recognition from their peers and movie lovers around the world.”

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