Will Smith Receives Criticism From Chris Rock On Netflix

Dani Sanders
Chris Rock
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Tensions Flare as Chris Rock finally addresses the Will Smith Oscar slap incident in his new Netflix special. The comedian saved his comments for the end of the show, and it was an interesting watch. Here's what you need to know!

What Happened At The Academy Awards 2022?

 The Academy Award 2022
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Almost a year after Will Smith hit Chris Rock on stage at the 2022 Academy Awards, the 58-year-old comedian speaks again in front of a sizable crowd.

What Caused The Slap?


During the Oscars, Rock cracked a joke about a potential G.I. Jane sequel, alluding to Pinkett Smith's bald head. Rock's quip first seemed to make Smith chuckle, but then Pinkett Smith shrugged and rolled her eyes as if to take offense.

Pinkett Smith Struggles

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, Pinkett Smith has spoken openly about her battle with alopecia.

Was It Real Or Staged?

Was It Real Or Staged?
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The audience was uncertain whether the incident was staged or real when Smith stormed onto the stage, slapped Rock, went back to his seat, and yelled, "Keep my wife's name out of our f-king mouth!"

Rant Session Starts

Rant Session Starts

Rock's entire stand-up routine was centered around the breathtaking incident. It was an entire venting session for Chris, who has been holding on to it for a year!

Where Did Rock Address The Slap?

Rock brought up the slap during his Netflix stand-up comedy special, Selective Outrage.

Rock's Reply

Rock's Reply

Rock didn't really address the slap until the last few minutes of the special, and he just made two casual comments. At the beginning of the show, he "Everybody who says words hurt has never been punched in the face."

Summertime Ringing

Rock stated, "People are like, 'Did it hurt?' It still hurts! I got 'Summertime' ringing in my ears!" Rock was referencing Smith's 1991 hip-hop hit with former musical collaborator DJ Jazzy Jeff as humor.

Chris Rock As Pacquiao

Once the audience roared in approval, Rock bragged, "No. It's never gonna happen. No. F–k that s–t. I took that hit like [former professional boxer Manny] Pacquiao."

Consequences Of The Slap


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences barred the I Am Legend actor from participating in subsequent Oscar ceremonies for 10 years.

Did Smith Ever Apologize?

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The actor uploaded an YouTube video titled "It's Been A Minute" after he slapped Chris Rock on the Oscars stage and won an Oscar for best actor the same night.

Will's Apology

"I was fogged out by that point. It's all fuzzy. I've reached out to Chris, and the message that came back is that he's not ready to talk, and when he is, he will reach out," Smith said. "So I will say to you, Chris, I apologize to you." 

What Came Over Will That Night?

In his Netflix special, the comedian hurled a barrage of profanities and venom while arguing that the actor was reacting to all the criticism he had received for acknowledging his wife's known affair.

More Drama


Jada acknowledged that she was dating rapper August Alsin when she and 

Will were "officially separated" in a 2020 edition of her Facebook show, Red Table Talk.

Will Smith And Jada's Relationship

Will Smith and Jada's relation
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The couple has three kids and have been together for over 25 years.

Smith Bigger Than Rock

He also emphasized his disadvantage due to his stature on the Oscars stage. Will Smith is considerably bigger than he is. He performs in movies without a shirt on! But we have never seen Chris perform in a film without a shirt. He put on a sweatshirt even during open heart surgery.

Zebra And Shark

Rock continued by saying that Will Smith "played Muhammed Ali in a movie! You think I auditioned for that part? I played Pookie in 'New Jack City.'... Even in animation, he's bigger: I'm a zebra; he's a shark."

Rock Admiration For Smith

Rock Admiration For Smith
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"I love Will Smith," Rock said. "My whole life, I loved this n–ga. I saw him open up for Run-DMC at Nassau Coliseum…He made some great movies. I have rooted for Will Smith. My whole life, I have rooted for this motherf–ker," he added.

Rock Still Sees His Movies!

Still watch his movies
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"Now I watch 'Emancipation,' just to see him get whooped," Rock remarked, referring to last year's Civil War-era drama in which Smith portrayed an enslaved man who was made to work for the Confederate.