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Chris Rock Vs Will Smith; The One Oscar Performance We Are Unlikely to Forget

As we all know, The Oscars were earlier this week, and you're probably thinking, 'Wow, this is old news,' but it was for a good reason.

We have been compiling the best reactions, the best arguments and, let's face it, the best memes because if we're being honest, this international performance is one for the books.

For YEARS, we've all been questioning the legitimacy of Hollywood award ceremonies, and in particular, The Oscars have become less about merit and more about marketing.

In 2018, The Oscars had their lowest viewer rating in history, and then after this week's performance, the ratings went up by more than half… convenient or coincidental?

In a Complex article, the history between Chris Rock and the Smiths is laid out. It's almost as if the slap has been a long time coming.

But it's weird. We all saw Will Smith smile at the so-called joke before taking the stage, did we not?

A few theories are floating around on how to feel after witnessing 'The Slap'.

From arguments like violence is never the answer, he should've never joked about that and that the joke wasn't funny enough or even 'that deep'; We all have our own opinions on it.

Would you make a joke about someone else's uncontrollable health issues? Is there a line comedians should not cross? Would you hit a person on live television? Would you hit a person for making a personal joke about you?

The black community is also upset (rightfully so) about the lack of brotherhood and sisterhood shown.

Millions of people took to Twitter to reveal how confronting it was to watch.

A fair number of celebs have commented on The Oscar-worthy performance: here are some of our favourites:

“I just sat down cause I was like, ‘I gotta put that drink down.”

“There is only so much one can take… sometimes you have to slap back.”

"And That’s How We Do It."

“.... You just got to witness in real time what happens in a man’s soul when he looks over to the woman he loves & sees her holding back tears from a “little joke” at her expense.

This is what any & every real man feels in that instant. While y’all seeing the joke, he’s seeing her pain."

"So, upsetting - on every level - bravo to Chris Rock - for not eviscerating Will Smith - which he could do any day of the week - he walked away - bravo from a sad display of toxic masculinity from a narcissistic madman."

“Let me tell you something, it’s a very bad practice to walk up on stage and physically assault a comedian - Now we all have to worry about who wants to be the next Will Smith in comedy clubs and theatres.”

“This was loud!!! Like that slap on that other channel,” the NBA icon tweeted when the Stanford women's basketball team beat Texas.

“I believe whatever he felt that he did, he had the right to do.”

“Yeah, yeah – in his rap songs he never swears, he always tries to stay wholesome, but he’ll swear at the Oscars? The guy’s a fraud.”

“Wtaf????? That wasn’t scripted?????”

“You have to win Oscars to do this kind of shit. After I win, I’m gonna slap the shit out of a few people. LOL”

“@chrisrock is the man, so many suckers out here”


Was it staged? Or just poor sportsmanship? Either way, we can’t wait to see how the Grammys compare next week.


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