Will Smith Refers to Controversial Oscars Moment on TikTok

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The moment Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars will always be unforgettable, and Will gets it. However, with another Oscars around the corner, Will Smith decided to remember that iconic moment in a subtle yet unimaginable way.

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Poking At His Oscar Win For The First Time

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This week, before the anniversary of his assault on Chris Rock, Will Smith made a barely disguised joke about his Oscars slap in a new TikTok video.

Participating In A TikTok Trend

The actor, 54, mocked the incident by participating in a TikTok trend that encourages users to inquire about the opinions of inanimate objects. Rock, 58, slapped the actor after he joked about Smith's wife, Jada Pinkett Smith's shaved head.

About The Trend

In the original video, Sam Rossi, a Tiktoker with whom Smith engaged in a duet, says: "This works because everything has consciousness."

Putting His Oscar Award To Good Use

"You can pick up a pen and ask it how it sees you or what it thinks of you and you will get an answer in your mind from your intuition. You can ask your car what it thinks of you, you can even ask money what it thinks of you."

His Expressions To The Video

Before the clip ends, Smith, who won the Best Actor Oscar that night for his performance in King Richard, is seen accepting his award while frowning and mouthing a question.

How It Ends

Smith is the only person left on the screen when the duet ends. Although it appears that Smith will ask Oscar a question, the clip ends before Smith can find out what the gold statue thinks of him.

How Smith Has Successfully Stayed Away From The Topic

Smith doesn't mention the incident from a year ago, but he appears to be alluding to the significant moment when he slapped Rock after the comedian made a joke about Smith's wife, Jada Pinkett Smith's baldness.

Fans' Reaction To His Video

The clip and the Oscars slap were immediately connected by viewers, with one writing.

"That’s the Will Smith that everybody loves. Keep pushing man, I support you." "I’m glad you’re back! No more apologies PLEASE!"

Almost A Year Since The Infamous Slap

On Monday, March 27, during the 94th Academy Awards, Will gave the now-famous Oscars slap. The comedians Wanda Sykes, Regina Hall, and Amy Schumer emceed the annual event.

The Expensive Joke

Rock, who was emceeing the program, made light of the fact that Smith's wife Jada had a bald head and thus resembled "G.I. Jane."

Will Reaction To The Jab Thrown At His Wife

She had just recently admitted to having alopecia.

Will stormed the stage after being incensed by the jab and slapped Rock for making the joke.

He Won Best Actor

Smith's shocking attack happened just before he won Best Actor for portraying the loving father of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams in the movie King Richard.

Admitting To His Mistakes

Smith, who was sobbing, acknowledged in a rambling acceptance speech that "love makes you do crazy things," but, tellingly, he made no apologies to Rock for the assault.

However, he did express regret to the Academy and his fellow nominees.

His Punishment

Due to the incident, Will was prohibited from attending the Oscars for ten years. The 2022 Academy Awards were "overshadowed by the unacceptable and harmful behavior we saw Mr. Smith exhibit on stage," they said.

He Apologized To Chris

"Chris, I apologise to you. My behaviour was unacceptable and I'm here whenever you're ready to talk," he said directly into the camera.

Smith noted that he has since reached out to Rock but the comedian was not ready.

Making Effort To Move On

Will has been putting a lot of effort into repairing his once spotless reputation by being open about that "horrific night" and acknowledging his mistakes.

A New Movie In The Block

However, Smith's announcement last month that he and Martin Lawrence will collaborate on Bad Boys 4 suggests that the fallout from the incident from the previous year has subsided.

Will Acknowledges His Win For The First Time Since The Oscars

Since the ceremony, Will has only made light of his Oscar victory on his recent TikTok.

What Does This Year's Oscar Holds?

 Jimmy Kimmel
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It will be interesting to see how Jimmy Kimmel, the host of this year's Academy Awards, addresses the subject—or doesn't—as the 95th ceremony approaches.