Smith had already resigned from the Academy, saying he had “betrayed” its trust with conduct that was “shocking, painful, and inexcusable.”
Lost in the Oscars fray is the hurt inflicted when a group is denigrated for a laugh. Chris Rock, who has examined this issue in a documentary, should have known better.
Will Smith has spent decades radiating boundless likability. His family has become known for sharing therapy sessions online. His smack at the Oscars has complicated all of that.
But the largest audience of the night was tuned in earlier, during Troy Kotsur’s win for best supporting actor.
A defense of thin skin.
One stretch of the broadcast featured a remarkable convergence of Black celebrities, our critic writes. But in the midst of it all, Will Smith’s victory became a defeat.
Charles Blow, Roxane Gay and Esau McCaulley join Lulu Garcia-Navarro to discuss why the incident has elicited so many passionate responses.
A sampling of the reaction to the slap that was the talk of the Academy Awards.
Early results showed a 32 percent improvement from last year’s event, to 13.73 million viewers.
When Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at the Academy Awards for telling a joke about his wife, it divided Hollywood, sparking denunciations, defenses and debates.
The apparently unscripted moment stunned viewers and audiences alike. The telecast was muted and paused in the United States.
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