Life's a meme: The best memes about Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars | Inquirer Entertainment

Life’s a meme: The best memes about Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars

/ 12:31 PM March 29, 2022

Will Smith, Chris Rock

Will Smith (right) slaps Chris Rock onstage during the 94th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on March 27, 2022. Image: AFP/Robyn Beck via ETX Daily Up

The 2022 Oscars is likely to go down in Hollywood history. While awards shows are often boring, the 94th edition of the Academy Awards certainly left its mark after Will Smith slapped Chris Rock in the face over a joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.

As well as earning its place as an unforgettable TV moment, the scene also gave rise to an avalanche of memes on Twitter.


Rock’s joke about Pinkett Smith did not go down well with Smith. The comedian, who was on stage to give the Oscar for the best documentary, was subjected to a surreal slap in the face by “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” in front of an audience of totally stunned stars. It was an improbable scene for such a prestigious and globally anticipated ceremony and one that inevitably flooded Twitter with all kinds of memes.


On social networks, memes inundated the web, comparing Smith’s slap to the famous meme of Batman slapping Robin. The reactions of Lupita Nyong’o and Nicole Kidman also drew much response from internet users. On Twitter, users used the #whatjusthappened hashtag to react to the moment, bringing together the most popular memes on the platform.

So what happened?

Rock addressed Pinkett Smith, comparing her short hair to that of Demi Moore in the “G.I. Jane” movie.

“Jada, I love you. ‘G.I. Jane 2’ can’t wait to see it,” he quipped to the laughter of the audience. The only thing is that the actress has revealed that she suffers from alopecia.

While Smith also appeared to laugh at this joke at first, Pinkett Smith rolled her eyes and barely cracked a smile. While Rock, who obviously noticed the situation, began to defend his humor. Smith suddenly stepped up on stage in front of a stunned Rock to land a slap on his face, its sound echoing through the microphone.

While ABC decided to mute the sound following the incident, the room fell silent as Smith yelled to Rock twice: “Keep my wife’s name out your f*cking mouth” and “Wow. Wow, Will Smith just smacked the sh*t out of me.”

Rock reacted: “It was a ‘G.I. Jane 2’ joke,” he added afterwards, by way of justification, still on stage and visibly shocked. DC


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TAGS: Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett Smith, Lupita Nyong'o, Oscars, Will Smith

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