The Academy Awards were filled with surprising moments— most notably the incident between Chris Rock and Will Smith. For the comedian and drag performer Bob the Drag Queen, the viewer reaction to this joke-turned viral moment was “shocking.” She even put a poll on a Twitter account that revealed the split opinion regarding Smith’s actions.
Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at the 2022 Academy Awards
The 2022 Academy Awards had several memorable moments, although the most controversial included a slap on live television. Stand-up comedian Rock introduced the nominees for a documentary feature, beginning the introduction with a few jokes. One punchline was directed at Jada Pinkett Smith, who recently shaved her head due to alopecia.
“Jada, I love ya, G. I. Jane 2, can’t wait to see it,” Rock said, referencing Demi Moore in G.I. Jane. Smith then walked up to the stage and took a swing at Rock, with the Academy cutting the audio before Rock could say, “Will Smith just smacked the s*** out of me.”
“Keep my wife’s name out ya f****** mouth,” Smith yelled. The viewer reaction to this alternation has been somewhat split. Some fans commended Smith for defending his partner, while others condemned the violence.
‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ winner Bob the Drag Queen took a poll about the Will Smith and Chris Rock Academy Awards incident
As a comedian/drag performer herself, RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Bob the Drag Queen took to social media, creating a poll about whether or not Smith was “wrong.” With over 55,000 votes and 14 hours remaining in the survey, the opinion was split.
35.7% said yes, Smith was wrong for slapping Rock, 31% said no, and 33.3% voted for “it’s complicated.” Some Twitter users even commented their thoughts on the “physical assault” and if it was ok given the situation.
“I feel like all of the comedians are on one side of this, and everyone else is on the other. I really shocked at this reaction tbh,” Bob the Drag Queen noted in a separate tweet. The performer added, “Last question. Why is everyone so sure that Chris Rock knew about her condition?”
Other celebrities commented on this Oscars moment, with Smith later apologizing for the altercation
Other RuPaul’s Drag Race royalty commented on the Oscars moment, with Bianca Del Rio tweeting, “I didn’t see WILL SMITH in KING RICHARD…… But, his ‘performance’ tonight was a KNOCKOUT!”
“All stand-up comedians are scared now, and I’m cackling,” Shea Couleé tweeted, adding, “I finally understand why they call it a ‘punchline.’”
Minutes after Rock presented the documentary award, Smith apologized for the allocation. That apology came after he tearfully accepted the award for Best Actor in a Lead Role for King Richard.
“I want to apologize to the Academy,” Smith said. “I want to apologize to all of my fellow nominees… Love will make you do crazy things.”
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