Students react to the controversial Oscars slap

SLAP! That’s the sound that would be heard all around the world over national television. Wherever you stand everyone agrees that this was a truly unforgettable night in history leaving controversy and backlash on Will’s course of action. This controversy even led Will Smith to

quitting the Academy. Some would say the sound of Chris rock’s face being completely obliterated while others would say it was Will Smith engaging in an unforgettable act of violence on national television.
In case you haven’t been keeping up with the controversy , here’s what happened. On March 27, 2022, during the live television broadcast of the 94th Academy Awards, an altercation started as Rock went on stage to present the award for best documentary when he made a joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. He said, “Jada, I love you: ‘G.I. Jane 2,’ can’t wait to see it,” a joke in reference to her bald head, which appeared insensitive to many as announced her struggle with her alopecia diagnosis several times.
Will Smith then proceeded to walk up to Rock and harshly slap him on the stage before walking back to his seat next to his wife and actress, Luspita Nyong’o who held a look of disbelief at what partaked that Sunday evening.

Junior Livia Hable says, “When it comes to the Chris Rock and Will Smith situation, I think both of them were equally out of line. Both these men are incredible actors with comedic backgrounds, however I think Rock should not have made that comment about Jada because it was penalizing her alopecia disorder, something she cannot control.”

Following the incident, Will Smith issued an apology to Will Smith on April 3 2020 after being criticized by the media for his actions at Sunday’s Academy Awards.

Junior Jenea Lugo-Maurer said, “I side with Chris Rock because his joke may have not been right to say but it wasn’t Smith’s place to smack him, especially in front of that many people.”

Will Smith has quit the Oscars Academy in light of the altercation and he is currently banned from the Oscar for a period of ten years.