The Slap Heard Around the World, Who is in the Wrong?


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Ryan Van Veldhuizen, Editor

During this year’s Oscars, the most impactful event took place that has caused much controversy and confusion about what happened. Everyone has formed their opinion about who is to blame for the incident or if it was even real.

On March 27th, the 94th Academy Awards was held where Chris Rock was announcing the award for documentary feature and made a joke about Will Smith’s wife on her bald head due to alopecia. This resulted in Smith walking on stage and slapping Rock across the face, shocking the audience and the entire world. Now, people are going on the internet writing about their opinions of the event and who is to blame for all of it.

Based on the Blue Rose Research poll, 52.3% of people have put the blame on Rock for the slap, compared to 47.7% for Smith. People see Rock as being out of line and shouldn’t have made the joke about Smith’s wife’s illness. They believe that Smith had a right to “defend his women” and show his respect for her by slapping him.

“I don’t think [Chris Rock] would have made that joke had he known what Jada recently shared but… you mean to tell me not one of ya’ll heard this woman just share this heartbreaking story,” stated Nick Minaj on her social media.

On the other hand, the supporters of Rock just see it as a joke. Believing he shouldn’t have been assaulted for making a joke about a person, which is the majority of a comedian’s job. People say it was uncalled for to slap him at all, especially on live television where millions of people watched it in the moment, and millions more after.

“The Academy does not condone violence of any form… [the winners] deserve this moment of recognition from their peers and movie lovers around the world,” stated the Academy from Twitter.

Other opinions that have also formed about the speculation of the legitimacy of the slap and the blame should be on the Academy and on the public. People say the casualness and quickness of the incident is the reason that they prepared it beforehand. While others say the Academy should have been more prepared with more security and limited offensive jokes.

The biggest blame should be on us though, people are the ones who spread and make these events popular, and blow up social media to create a huge instant buzz about topics like this.