The 2022 Oscars were something to remember. There were legendary victories, like Ariana DeBose’s Historic Honor Where CODA receive the best image. But nothing spoke louder than the slap that was heard around the world. That’s right, I’m talking about Will Smith defending his wife, Jada Pinkett-Smith, after Chris Rock made fun of his alopecia on stage that night when he approached him and slapped the comedian in the face.
The response from the world has been mixed to say the least, with some agreeing with what Smith did and others not so much, and that comes from those in Hollywood as well. From people who co-starred with Smith or were friends with Rock, to people who just wanted to share their thoughts on the matter, here are nine celebrities and how they felt about that infamous slap.
Steve Harvey is known for his funny TV hosting skills and for creating viral moments on family quarrel, and he decided to comment on the incident, calling it a “punk move” on Smith’s part, during an address at Georgia State University, via Deadline. Commenting on his nature as a Christian and how he feels personally, he said:
Whoopi Goldberg has made a name for herself in Hollywood by appearing in numerous films and catching eyes on View, where she has been acting as a moderator for several years now. But, like everyone else, she also commented on the slap, saying “no one is okay” with what happened, while on View:
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Likewise, famed NBA all-star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (who actually starred in The prince of Bel-Air long ago alongside Smith) went online to express his thoughts on the matter, but did so in his own personal essay on Sub-stack. You can read Abdul-Jabbar’s full statement here, but he explained how it was so inappropriate for Smith to do what he did, and how it portrays not just the entertainment industry but the black community. in a bad light:
Nicki Minaj is known for her many contributions to the music industry, particularly in the rap genre as a black female artist, but on Twitter on the night of the Oscars slap, she shared her thoughts on the matter and agreed with what Smith did, saying to think about it from her perspective:
Then we have Tim Allen, a comedic actor known for many big movie roleswho, while not present at the ceremony, was keen to express his thoughts on how Twitter also, praising the way Rock handled the situation and condemning what Smith did:
Tiffany Haddish has made a name for herself in Hollywood over the past few years with appearances in several movies and TV showsand she took time out of her day to comment on the incident at people magazinedefending Smith and saying it was “the most beautiful thing” she had seen:
One of the most iconic actors of recent decades is Mark Hamill, known for his role as Luke Skywalker in the star wars saga, and like many others, he took to his social media platform to express his thoughts on the slap on Twitter:
Comedians all over the world stood by Chris Rock after what happened, but the one who decided to make a little joke out of the whole incident was Conan O’Brien. The former late-night talk show host, who hosted his TBS show, Conan, until 2021simply released this statement about the Oscars slap Twitter:
I would have liked to see O’Brien’s version for a late night hour.
Last but not least, Sophia Bush from A tree hill cast fame, also condemned Smith’s actions on Twitterbut also didn’t completely side with Rock, claiming that both sides were wrong:
While I doubt we’ll have a moment as important as this at the Oscars again for quite some time, we’ll never forget it – and I’m sure those in Hollywood won’t either.