Zoë Kravitz responds to slap drama with Chris Rock as fans rip her for comments

THE video of Will Smith slapping Chris Rock has broken a YouTube record after getting 50million views in just one day.

A 90-second clip of the slap uploaded to YouTube by The Guardian has gone viral and is breaking records.

The video has topped YouTube’s trending lists for over 24 hours and already amassed hundreds of thousands of comments.

On Tuesday, Zoë Kravitz alluded to her reaction to the slap, writing in an Instagram post of her Oscars outfit: “here’s a picture of my dress at the show where we are apparently assaulting people on stage now.”

Meanwhile, Jada Pinkett Smith has broken her silence after the viral event.

The Matrix star took to her Instagram feed to share a quote on a plain pink background, reading: “This is a season for healing and I’m here for it.”

Will Smith made a public apology to Chris Rock on Monday night, calling his own behavior at the Academy Awards “unacceptable and inexcusable.”

“Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive.

“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.”

Smith’s first Oscar win was shrouded in controversy after the actor tearfully apologized on stage following the incident with comedian Rock in which he appeared to hit him during the live awards ceremony.

Philadelphia-born Smith, 53, appeared to take offense to a gag Rock made on stage about Jada Pinkett Smith’s hair loss, resulting in him marching on stage to confront the comedian.

He appeared to hit Rock before returning to his seat and shouting from the audience to Rock on stage.

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  • Will Smith’s refusal to leave Oscars, continued

    The statement continued: “Mr. Smith’s actions at the 94th Oscars were a deeply shocking, traumatic event to witness in-person and on television. Mr. Rock, we apologize to you for what you experienced on our stage and thank you for your resilience in that moment.

    “We also apologize to our nominees, guests and viewers for what transpired during what should have been a celebratory event.

    “Things unfolded in a way we could not have anticipated. While we would like to clarify that Mr. Smith was asked to leave the ceremony and refused, we also recognize we could have handled the situation differently.

  • Will Smith’s refusal to leave Oscars

    After hitting Chris Rock, Will Smith was asked to leave the Oscars, but he refused, according to the Academy.

    Smith’s behavior at the event has prompted the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences to initiate “disciplinary proceedings” against him.

    The Hollywood Reporter shared a statement from the Academy.

    “The Board of Governors today initiated disciplinary proceedings against Mr. Smith for violations of the Academy’s Standards of Conduct, including inappropriate physical contact, abusive or threatening behavior, and compromising the integrity of the Academy.

    “Mr. Smith is being provided at least 15 days’ notice of a vote regarding his violations and sanctions, and the opportunity to be heard beforehand by means of a written response.”

  • Will Smith receiving support from Kevin Hart

    Will Smith is privately receiving support from Kevin Hart and his family amid his slapping scandal.

    A source exclusively told The Sun: “Will has plenty of support after slap-gate, but Kevin and his family especially have been giving their advice.”

    “They have been friends and neighbors for years and Kevin really has his back because he knows exactly how he feels at the moment. “

  • Will Smith broke a YouTube record

    The video of Will Smith slapping Chris Rock has broken a YouTube record after getting 50million views in just one day.

    A 90-second clip of the slap uploaded to YouTube by The Guardian has gone viral and is breaking records.

    The video has topped YouTube’s trending lists for over 24 hours and already amassed hundreds of thousands of comments.

  • Jim Carrey on Will Smith’s ‘selfish’ moment

    Jim Carrey also sympathized with Will Smith in the same interview with Gayle King and pointed out his admiration for the star’s work.

    “I wish him the best. I don’t have anything against Will Smith, he’s done great things. But that was not a good moment.”

    “It cast an appall over everybody’s shining moment last night, you know,” he added.

    “A lot of people worked really hard to get to that place and to have their moment in the sun and to get their award for the really hard work they did and it is no mean feat to go through.”

    “All the stuff you have to go through when you’re nominated for an Oscar. It’s a gauntlet of devotion that you have to do,” he continued.

    “And, you know, it was just a selfish moment to cast appall over the whole thing.”

  • Carrey: Smith’s actions ‘came out of nowhere’

    “If you want to yell from the audience and disapprove or show a disapproval or say something on Twitter or whatever, you know,” Carrey added in the same interview.

    “You do not have the right to walk up on stage and smack somebody in the face because they said words.”

    Jim went on to rip the Men In Black star for his unexpected outburst saying: “It didn’t escalate. It came out of nowhere because Will has something going on inside him that’s frustrated.”

  • Jim Carrey slams Will Smith

    Jim Carrey shared his thoughts on Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars on Good Morning America with journalist Gayle King, making it clear that he does not condone Will’s behavior.

    “I was sickened, I was sickened by the standing ovation,” the star explained during the virtual interview.

    “I felt like Hollywood is just spineless, on mass. It really felt like a really clear indication that we’re not the cool club anymore,” he continued.

  • Jordan Rock’s reaction

    Chris Rock’s younger brother Jordan Rock wrote on Instagram that “It’s on sight for Will Smith now.”

    As a comedian himself, he even threw in a joke about the shocking hit — saying that punching his brother wasn’t Smith’s only offense.

    “For punching Chrissy & remaking Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.”

  • Chris Rock didn’t know Jada has alopecia

    A source told TMZ that Chris Rock had no idea Jada Pinkett Smith has alopecia and that he “doesn’t have a mean bone in his body” after Will Smith smacked Rock on the Oscars stage when the comedian made a joke about Jada.

    Chris’ joke that led to the smack was directed at Jada’s shaved head.

  • Academy could sue Smith

    Chris Rock or the Academy Awards could each potentially sue Will Smith in civil court, where the burden of proof is much lower than criminal court, both law experts told The Sun.

    The Sun asked his publicist for comment if he will be pursuing criminal or civil cases. Rock has said he wouldn’t sue in public statements, which would mean there’s no case.

    But the Academy Awards could sue Smith and claim he damaged its product.

    “The academy doesn’t have a criminal case against Will Smith,” Sacks said. “But the academy can sue him in civil court. He did damage to their production. He hurt the value of their show. He caused violence. But you would have to prove damages.”

    “It would have to be a financial loss. He diminished their product by his behavior. Other celebrities may be nervous to go next year because of lack of security. But they would likely ban him over suing in civil court.”

    Tenzer said she thinks the Academy Awards’ civil case would be “weak.”

  • Smith could face jail time or probation, part three

    Beverly Hills attorney Adam Michael Sacks said the police and prosecutors could potentially still move forward with criminal charges against Will Smith without Chris Rock’s participation, but agreed with Tenzer and said it’s unlikely.

    “I would imagine (Chris Rock) will let it slide,” Sacks said.

    “If he wanted, he could. It’s assault and battery. It’s going to be hard to argue against it because it’s on video and a lot of witnesses.”

    “That’s a serious crime. That’s a good year in jail. His past arrest was a long time ago. More than 10 years, so it wouldn’t be a big consideration. He would likely get probation.”

  • Smith could face jail time or probation, continued

    “The fact is that he hit all elements under under the penal code,” Tenzer added.

    “He applied force, he did it willfully and he chose to do it, and defending his wife from a joke is not justification under the law.”

    “Clearly, he committed a crime, but prosecutors won’t go ahead with charges without a claimant, in this case Chris Rock, because there would be no one to testify.”

    “That’s a problem many times in rape and abuse cases. if the claimant doesn’t want to testify or press charges, prosecutors have no case.”

  • Smith could face jail time or probation, experts claim

    Although law professor Leslie Y Garfield Tenzer told The Sun she believes nothing being done about the altercation between Will Smith and Chris Rock at the Oscars is the most likely outcome because Rock has — so far — said he won’t press charges, Smith does face some possible other repercussions.

    Tenzer, who teaches at New York’s Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, said a criminal case and civil lawsuit hinges on the comedian’s participation.

    “What Will Smith did meets every requirement of criminal assault under California’s penal code,” Tenzer said.

  • Is Chris Rock pressing charges against Will Smith?

    Rock was allegedly smacked after making a joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, 50, and her hair-loss condition during the Oscars award ceremony.

    LAPD confirmed that Rock is not pressing charges against Smith over the on-stage altercation.

    A statement by the police department said: “LAPD investigative entities are aware of an incident between two individuals during the Academy Awards program.”

    “The incident involved one individual slapping another. The individual involved has declined to file a police report.”

    “If the involved party desires a police report at a later date, LAPD will be available to complete an investigative report.”

  • Full crisis mode, continued

    “Once the ceremony was over they called in key members to hold an emergency meeting about what action they should take,” that source continued.

    “There have been calls to have Will stripped of his Best Actor gong. They cannot be seen to be condoning violence in any way and there are some people in the Academy who believe they should remove the award from him to make a point.”

    “Others however believe he should be allowed to hold onto it,” the insider added.

    “Chris was immediately supported backstage and has been offered a package of after care where he can talk to professionals provided by the academy if needed.”

    “The Academy are taking this incredibly seriously.”

  • Full crisis mode

    Oscars bosses held top-secret emergency talks over whether to strip Will Smith of his Best Actor, according to inside sources.

    Insiders said angered members of the Academy joined the meeting by Zoom, where they demanded the Men In Black star also be kicked out of the organization.

    Insiders said that along with holding the crisis talks, Chris – who has since declined to press charges against Will – has been offered an “after care package” to cope with the incident.

    A source said: “The Academy publicly condemned Will slapping Chris and behind the scenes they went into full crisis mode.”

  • Body language expert weighs in, continued

    James also claimed that Smith had a “smug” smile when returning to his seat after smacking the comic.

    James said that the Men in Black star swore with “true anger” in his voice during the incident.

    “Someone who works for the Oscars told me that Chris Rock was not interrupted by Will Smith at rehearsals yesterday. It was not supposed to happen,” another source revealed.

    “It was real.”

  • Body language expert weighs in

    Comedian Chris Rock didn’t expect to be hit by Will Smith at the Oscars. a body language expert says.

    Body language expert Judi James told The Sun that Smith’s initial response was a “subdued performed laughter” while Jada’s torso “stiffened” and her smile “froze.”

    The body language expert said the comic didn’t expect to be hit.

    She said: “His hands were clasped behind his back and he was laughing right up until the blow landed.”

  • ‘It was real’

    “Someone who works for the Oscars told me that Chris Rock was not interrupted by Will Smith at rehearsals yesterday. It was not supposed to happen,” a source revealed after the altercation between Rock and Smith.

    “It was real.”

  • Will Smith’s son Jaden reacts

    Will Smith’s son Jaden has spoken out after the actor stormed the Oscars stage and slapped Chris Rock in the face on Sunday night.

    Smith hit Rock after Rock made a poorly-received joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s hair loss.

    Jaden, 23, took to Twitter afterward to defend dad Will’s actions as fans of the awards ceremony turned to social media to slam him.

    He simply wrote in response to the evening: “And that’s how we do it.”

  • ‘It was so uncomfortable’

    A Hollywood source told The New York Post after the incident between Chris Rock and Will Smith: “It’s basically assault. Everyone was just so shocked in the room, it was so uncomfortable.”

    “I think Will would not want to give his Oscar back, but who knows what will happen now.”

  • Could Will Smith lose his Oscar?

    There’s a chance that Will Smith might be asked to return his Oscar after the altercation between himself and comedian Chris Rock.

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has strict guidelines in its code of conduct, The New York Post noted, and Smith could potentially be asked to give the award back after the incident.

  • Mark Hamill dubs altercation ‘ugliest oscar moment ever’

    Star Wars actor Mark Hamill dubbed it the “ugliest Oscar moment ever”.

    He added: “Stand-up comics are very adept at handling hecklers.

    “Violent physical assault… not so much.”

  • Oscars viewership increased following slap

    According to a New York Times analysis of Nielsen television ratings, the viewership turning in to the Academy Awards increased by around 550,000 to a total of 17.4million people in the 10 minutes following the slap.

  • Macbeth curse

    One must never say the name of a Shakespeare character at a theatre, according to an old superstition, unless performing or rehearsing a line from the play.

    Instead, it is best and customary to refer to him as the Scottish king or the Scottish lord, and the art as the Scottish play; otherwise, it is bad luck.

    Shortly before the slap, Chris Rock mentioned Macbeth, and Twitter is abuzz with the theory being the cause of the incident, according to the Independent.

    “Denzel!” Rock called from the stage to actor and attendee Denzel Washington, who appeared last year in Joel Coen’s film adaptation of the Shakespearean tragedy. “Macbeth! Loved it!”


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