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Tiffany Haddish Reacts To Will Smith Smacking Chris Rock At The Oscars | "Most Beautiful Thing I’ve Ever Seen"

Tiffany Haddish Reacts To Will Smith Smacking Chris Rock At The Oscars | "Most Beautiful Thing I’ve Ever Seen"

She said that Smith stood up for his wife in the best way possible.

Tiffany Haddish, the stand-up comedian and actress, opened up about how she felt about Will Smith smacking Chris Rock across the face after the comedian made a joke about Smith's wife's hair. As we reported earlier, during the 94th Academy Awards, Smith walked up on the stage after Rock commented, "Jada, I love ya. G.I. Jane 2, can't wait to see ya." Smith slapped him, creating one of the most controversial moments at the awards this year. Rock's comment was in reference to Jada Pinkett Smith's autoimmune disorder, alopecia areata. This disorder leads to bald spots and hair loss, and Pinkett Smith has been open about her struggles with the condition, per The Tribune.

 



 

 

Haddish spoke about the incident to PEOPLE at the Governors Ball following the ceremony, "When I saw a Black man stand up for his wife. That meant so much to me." She added, "As a woman, who has been unprotected, for someone to say, 'Keep my wife's name out your mouth, leave my wife alone,' that's what your husband is supposed to do, right? Protect you." She continued, "And that meant the world to me. And maybe the world might not like how it went down, but for me, it was the most beautiful thing I've ever seen because it made me believe that there are still men out there that love and care about their women, their wives." Haddish noted that Rock is a friend of Smith and still, he went ahead to protect his wife.

 



 

 

She said, "Would you do that for your wife? Would you say, 'Keep my wife's name out your mother f---ing…' Like, yes! Yes!" Haddish said that Rock's comment was outrageous because he did not even ask Pinkett Smith if she was okay with it. She said, "Why would you do that? He didn't even run the joke by her, but she was hurt though." She defended Smith's action by saying, "If she wouldn't have been hurt, [Will] probably wouldn't have said nothing. But you could see he was clearly… And they exploited it. They exploited her, so 'I have to do something'… He protected his wife."

Haddish had starred alongside Pinkett Smith in Girls Trip which came out in 2017 and is a friend of the couple. She later clarified that "Will is fine." The actor who went ahead to win his first Oscar as the Best Actor apologized to his fellow nominees for the incident in his acceptance speech. According to Variety, Rock won't be filing any legal charges against Smith.

References:

https://people.com/movies/oscars-2022-tiffany-haddish-responds-to-will-smith-chris-rock-smack/

https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/world/alopecia-areata-know-the-medical-condition-will-smiths-wife-jada-pinkett-suffering-from-381568

https://variety.com/2022/film/news/chris-rock-police-report-will-smith-slap-oscars-1235216542/

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