Will Smith yells at comedian Chris Rock (not pictured) from his front-row seat at the 2022 Oscars after taking the stage and slapping him for a joke about Smith's wife during the March 27 ceremony at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
Will Smith yells at comedian Chris Rock (not pictured) from his front-row seat at the 2022 Oscars after taking the stage and slapping him for a joke about Smith's wife during the March 27 ceremony at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

Since slapping comedian Chris Rock live on stage at the 2022 Oscars, Will Smith has issued an apology and resigned as a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Some say the backlash against Smith is warranted, while others say it’s extreme. What are your thoughts?

Chris Allen, Greensboro, N.C.

Chris Rock was working, so wouldn’t this be workplace violence? So it should be out of [Smith’s] hands. It isn’t funny when someone shoots up a place because they didn’t like what someone said, and it’s not funny what Will did, but he got praised the entire night.

Gwen Johnson, Winston-Salem, N.C.

Now, what disciplinary actions are being brought against Chris? His monologue/script was approved by the Academy and the insensitive joke about this man’s wife was not in it. He deliberately did that to set these wheels in motion.

Kyle Hopkins, Washington, D.C.

Where is the outrage over Adrian Brody sexually assaulting Halle Berry live on stage in front of her husband and the world? Until I hear how he was disciplined, I can’t care less about a man getting slapped for shooting his mouth off about another man’s wife!

Andres W.

Will was wrong and acted very ignorant, and I’m a fan of his work. I bet he wouldn’t slap a white comedian. Yeah, I bet he wouldn’t.

Debra Charleston, Grand Rapids, Mich. 

Stop defending Will just because he’s Black. Will reacted childishly, and he should have been kicked out of the Oscars ASAP. A real respectable man would’ve never even thought of reacting in such a childish manner. I had much respect for Will up until this moment. Now my respect goes to Chris for keeping his composure.

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  1. Chris Rock monologue was not approved. He did not rehearse that joke. He took it upstairs himself to stray away from rehearsed monologue. They wouldn’t have approved that joke. He got what he asked for. I do feel Will was out of character, because he brags he does not curse in his rap songs. He should have rapped that night, instead of the profanity. Both should have excused them selves from the show and not have been asked to leave. Two wrongs don’t make a right.

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