Chris Rock addresses Will Smith's Oscars slap incident: 'Anyone who says words hurt has never been punched in the face'

Published on Jul 26, 2022 05:43 PM IST

In March, Will Smith slapped Chris Rock during Oscars 2022. During his recent standup comedy show in New Jersey, Chris recalled the incident and said he wasn't the victim.

Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at Oscars 2022.
Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at Oscars 2022.

Comedian Chris Rock and Kevin Hart performed at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey recently. During the performance, Chris joked about the incident where Will Smith slapped him during Oscars earlier this year. Chris said that he is not the victim and addressed Will as Suge Smith. Also Read: Kangana Ranaut defends Will Smith for smacking Chris Rock

According to a report by US Weekly, during the performance Chris joked, “Anyone who says words hurt has never been punched in the face." Later, while talking about people being over-sensitive and playing the victim, Chris said, “I’m not a victim, mother-----r. Yeah, that sh-t hurt, mother-----r." “But I shook that sh-- off and went to work the next day. I don’t go to the hospital for a papercut.”

Earlier this month, Kevin Hart, who is close friends with Chris Rock and Will Smith, said that he hopes both of them can "move past" the violent event that occurred. He added, "I still love him, I still love Chris, and, you know, you can't judge a person by one thing. Ultimately, life goes on and people grow, so give him the opportunity to do so."

In March, during Oscars 2022, Will had walked up to the stage and smacked Chris after a he made a joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith's shaved head. "Jada, can't wait for GI Jane 2," Chris had said, referring to Demi Moore’s 1997 film GI Jane in which Demi's character Jordan O’Neil shaved her head after joining Navy Seal. Jada had revealed on her talk show a few years ago that she took the decision to shave her head after she was diagnosed with alopecia areata, an autoimmune disorder.

Following the incident, Will was banned from attending any Academy Award event for the next 10 years. The punishment came after the actor resigned from the cademy.

(With inputs from ANI)

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