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'A Reminder To All Of Us To Be Kind' Husbands, Wives React To Will Smith's Altercation With Chris Rock
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  • Oscars 2022 was supposed to be a big celebratory moment for Will Smith, who was named this year's Best Actor by the prestigious award-giving body. But in an unexpected turn of events, the Hollywood actor made headlines for a whole different reason.

    Apart from the Academy Award Winners, Oscars 2022 was defined by the altercation (on-stage at that!) between Will and comedian Chris Rock. The conversations about this controversial incident even reached our online parenting community, Smart Parenting Village, where husbands and wives shared their take on the issue.

    What happened at the Oscars 2022?

    A bit of context first. Will and Chris found themselves in hot water after the latter made a comment about Will's wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.

    In his monologue, Chris compared Jada, who suffers from an autoimmune disease that causes hair fall, to G.I. Jane. The Smiths, and many others, for that matter, took offense to this comment. 

    This is when Will got up from his seat, walked toward the stage, and slapped Chris. The altercation continued even as Will went back to his seat, where he hurled at the comedian and told him to "keep my wife's name out of your f*ck*ng mouth." (Watch the clip here)

    A day after, Will took to his Instagram account to formally apologize for his behavior. "Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive. My behavior at last night's Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable."

    Will adds, "Jokes at my expense are a part of the job, but a joke about Jada's medical condition was too much for me to bear, and I reacted emotionally."

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    He also took full responsibility for the shocking event and directed an apology to Chris. "I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of line, and I was wrong. I am embarrassed, and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be," Will wrote.

    Husbands and wives weigh in on Oscars altercation

    The online world was quick to give their take on what happened between Will, Jada, and Chris. Some took the side of Will and praised him for what they say is his "commendable" action to defend his wife.

    Others criticized the best actor awardee for his display of violence on national T.V. and the comedian for taking Jada's medical condition lightly.

    The same mixed reactions are observed on our Facebook group, Smart Parenting Village, when a member asked other villagers: "Bilang asawa, gusto ko lang po malaman ang opinyon nyo tungkol sa ginawa ni Will Smith sa Oscars."

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    Soon many husbands and wives used the comment section to share their hot take on the issue. Below are some of their answers:

    "He did two things—hit Chris and defended his wife. Hitting Chris was off because any form of violence is unacceptable. But defending his wife from hurt and embarrassment [is] commendable for Will." - Kay T.

    "Doon ako sa pagtatanggol niya sa asawa niya, ok yun. Masyadong high ang emotion niya kaya nagawa niya 'yun. It only proves na tao sila." -Christine P.C.

    "A reminder to all of us to be kind even with our jokes. We never really know what people are going through. That slap also maybe needed for Chris Rock to really learn. But I like Chris Rock response he remained composed." -Yoj V.

    Many believe Will could have handled the situation better.

    "Had he (Will) walked to that stage (or backstage) and calmly said, "Dude, I don't appreciate you talking about my wife's medical condition, I would like it if you don't make her a subject in any of your jokes moving forward, thanks." And I think Chris Rock would've said sorry right there and then." -Heaz P.V.

    "I would say tamang response, maling reaction.Being sensitive sa nararamdaman ng asawa niya is fine. I applaude him for that. Pero 'yung reaction niya, it's also a disgrace. Na-justify ba reaction niya? No... mas lalo ako ma-humiliate 'pag ganun. Will Smith could have gone to stage and whisper, 'Bro, refute what you said.' Hindi pisikalan." -Mae L.M.

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    "Personally, I would not have come up the stage and slapped Chris. But I would have defended my wife by lashing out at Chris after. After the event was done and the awards were given. Then I can blame the academy, the organizers, and even Chris (or his writers). That's a more professional approach to it.

    "I wouldn't have done that in a million years in the name of "defending my wife". My kids will see that and think it's normal to approach the stage in a formal event and just slap anyone who offended them in a comedy skit." Cesar M.

    Some insist that violence should not be condoned.

    "Chris' joke was bad, but Will's reaction was worse." -Precious V.

    "Mali... I wouldn't want to have a husband na basagulero even if it meant it was just to protect or defend me from some joke... No, no." -Kiten V.

    "Ito 'yung tinuturo ko sa mga estudyante ko...THAT ALL EMOTIONS ARE VALID AND ALL FEELINGS HAVE POSITIVE POWER. They lose their positive power when we do something negative." Carmela D.A.

    One commenter argued that what Will did is far from commendable in the context of "defending his wife."

    "Tinanong ko asawa ko if mag a-ala Will Smith ba sya pag may gumanyan sakin. Sabi niya mauuna pa kong manapak kesa sa kanya.

    "But seriously, sabi nga ni Kareem Abdul-Jaabar 'paternal attitude infantilizes women and reduces them to helpless damsels needing a Big Strong Man to defend their honor least they swoon from the vapors.' If he (Will) was really doing it for his wife and not his own need to prove himself, he might have thought about the negative attention this brought on them, much harsher than the benign joke. That would have been truly defending and respecting her." Terre T.T.

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    Another commenter refuted circulating comments, suggesting that Jada was to blame for Will's actions.

    "I think we need not point a finger to Jada. Choice ni Will Smith na gumawa ng eksena sa Oscars. Hindi din naman siguro gusto ni Jada na mapahiya asawa niya. He could have just talked to Chris after the Oscars. Di naman siguro binulungan ni Jada si Will Smith na gawin ung mga ginawa nya." -Meloi D.M.

    In the midst of all these contrasting reactions, one thing is certain: we should all take part in building a world devoid of violence in all forms, whether in actions or words.

    How about you? What was your initial reaction to this shocking Oscars moment? Share them in the comment section below.

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