Most Americans Have Sided with Chris Rock, According to Twitter Data
DJ Jazzy Jeff – Will Smith – Mike Tyson
Over three months have passed since Will Smith walked calmly to the stage at the 94th Academy Awards and landed a slap on Chris Rock‘s cheek. Celebrities such as Vivica A. Fox, Shannon Sharpe, T.I., Stephen A. Smith, and Jim Carrey have long given their views on the matter.
Some commentators have always maintained that Will S only slapped Chris because he judged he could get away with it. In other words, Will Smith wouldn’t have hit him on live TV if he was bigger or his match. At this point, you would think, anyone who is anybody had reacted on the matter. But that is not the case. DJ Jazzy Jeff, a record producer friend/partner of Smith for decades, recently joined the debate, claiming that Smith would still have smacked even Mike Tyson if the latter had made an inappropriate joke about Smith’s wife.
Remember, Mike Tyson is still referred to as the “Baddest Man on the Planet.”
During an interview on the FAQ Podcast, DJ Jazzy Jeff said, “I’ve had people say, ‘Oh [Will Smith] wouldn’t have done that to no gangsta. Let me tell you something about Will. Will is somebody that cliff dove in Jamaica and couldn’t swim. Will was the person that whatever he’s afraid of, he runs to. I ain’t got that in me. I don’t have that in me at all. I’ve watched Will almost die numerous times running straight.”
The legendary DJ insisted again and again that Will would have slapped Mike Tyson because it didn’t matter who was there on stage making bad jokes about his wife.
“Will would’ve got his ass beat, but he was going to do what he was going to do regardless of who it was,” he continued. “It wasn’t for fake. It wasn’t for show. I have to protect. If that was a grizzly bear, he would have did it. I know him.”
Interestingly, about one month after the slapping incident, at the Academy Awards, Mike Tyson himself beat up one of his fans on camera for repeatedly antagonizing him during a flight. So people are asking if Mike Tyson, who’s known to beat his own fans, would turn the other cheek for Will Smith?
Chris Rock tears up and says he has not talked to Will Smith as he breaks his silence at Boston comedy show as it's revealed the actor refused to leave Oscars
Chris Rock (Getty)
If this were a presidential contest, Chris Rock would be winning in most states, according to an article published on The Hill. As of now, he has 41 states under his belt against Will Smith’s 9 states. And yes, this is about the Oscar ceremony incident where Will Smith ended up slapping the comedian.
The sports gambling company BetOnline.ag on Tuesday released a map based on geotagged Twitter data that shows most Americans support Rock over the “Men in Black” star. Most Twitter users in the 41 states think Will Smith was wrong to slap Rock, while only 9 states have many siding with Will Smith on the public drama that took many by surprise, including Rock himself. These were Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Mississippi, Alabama, South Carolina, and New Hampshire.
Chris Rock – Will Smith USA Support map
Most Will Smith supporters were highly concentrated in Mississippi, at 75.4%, while Rock’s supporters were mainly in Maine, at 98.2%.
On Sunday (03-27-22) at the 94th annual Academy Award, Rock made what he perhaps considered a good-natured joke about Smith’s wife. However, Smith didn’t take it kindly. The “King Richard” actor took to the stage as if going to shake Rock’s hand for a good joke, only to strike him on the face with his open hand.
The data is based on 200,000 tweets tracked by the online betting firm. Hashtags such as #TeamWill or #TeamChris accompanied the tweets.
Smith offered an apology for his behavior to Rock, terming it “unacceptable and inexcusable.”
Chris Rock on Wednesday night told an audience at his sold-out comedy show in Boston that he was 'still processing' being slapped on stage by Will Smith at the Oscars, in his first public response to Sunday's shocking incident.
Dressed all in white, Rock, 57, took to the stage at the Wilbur Theatre and asked the excited crowd: 'Sooooo, how was your weekend?!'
With the crowd all handing over their cell phones before the show began, the former Saturday Night Live star was greeted with a long standing ovation in the first of two sets he performed Wednesday as part for his Ego Death Tour.
However, the usually-uninhibited funnyman quickly shut down any hopes he would crack jokes about the slap heard round the world to the 3,000 fans in the audience, some of whom reportedly paid nearly $1,000 for a ticket.
'Let me be all misty and s***,' he said, with tears in his eyes.
'I don't have a bunch of s*** to say about that, so if you came here for that...' he said, and paused.
'I had written a whole show before this weekend.
'I'm still processing what happened, so at some point I'll talk about that s***. It'll be serious. It'll be funny, but right now I'm going to tell some jokes.'
Rock skirted the subject again in his second set but seemingly confirmed that he has not spoken with Smith since being smacked in the jaw on live television.
'I haven't talked to anyone, despite what you heard,' Rock said.
Twice during the first show, a couple of members of the audience shouted: 'Will Smith,' drawing a far louder chorus of boos.
Following the heckling, DailyMail.com saw one man being dragged out by security guards.
Police confirmed that the man was maced and kicked out of the theater by multiple security guards.
The kerfuffle disrupted Rock, who responded the second time by saying: 'Is this how this tour is going to go?'
Later Rock commented on his life in general, saying that 'except for some weird things, life is pretty good right now.'
The crowd laughed, knowing exactly what the 'weird things' referred to.
Rock seemed unfazed as he delivered his typically high-energy routine, keeping the crowd roaring and gasping as he joked about everything from overweight people at Disney parks, to his decision to get a vasectomy after seeing a 78-year-old Robert De Niro walking around with a child.
He joked about how he spends all his money on women, and wryly recommended his ex-wife's divorce lawyer to the audience, for winning her half his fortune without her ever telling a joke.
Rock took the stage shortly after it emerged that Smith had refused to leave the Oscars after he was approached by the heads of the Academy of Motion Pictures.
The Academy said on Wednesday he ignored the request from the president, David Rubin, and CEO, Dawn Hudson, to leave, and that he had violated their code of conduct.
The 53-year-old actor marched onto the stage on Sunday and hit Rock, after Rock told a joke about Smith's wife.
Shortly after, Smith was announced as the winner of the best actor award and went up to collect his statuette to a standing ovation from many of his peers.
Chris Rock leaves Wilbur Theatre in Boston after performing two shows Wednesday night. The uninhibited comedian remained uncharacteristically tight-lipped about being slapped by Will Smith during Sunday's Academy Awards show
Will Smith slapped Chris Rock onstage at the Oscars Sunday after the comedian made a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith. The Academy revealed on Wednesday that Smith was asked to leave, but refused
Dawn Hudson, the CEO of the Academy, asked Smith to leave, along with David Rubin, the president. Smith ignored them
Rock looked downbeat amid the drama, which overshadowed the Oscars and deeply divided Hollywood. Smith apologized to him on Monday night, but Rock is yet to respond
The 57-year-old did not say anything to the waiting reporters as he arrived at the venue
Many expressed support for the South Carolina-born comedian, saying that Smith was out of order when he marched onto stage and hit Rock for joking about his wife's alopecia
Rock quickly shut down any hopes he would crack jokes about the slap heard round the world to the 3,000 fans in the audience. Rock is pictured backstage with another comedian, Mike Troy
Others have condemned Rock for joking about Jada Pinkett Smith's condition, which is when the autoimmune system attacks the scalp and causes hair loss
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Will Smith has publicly apologized to Chris Rock for his behaviour at the Oscars in an Instagram post moments ago.
While he admitted that he “reacted emotionally” in his apology Monday evening, he also spoke about his reason for being angry, which is being viewed by some persons as an attempt to justify what he did.
His post also ended with words that are considered to be on-point in making others relate to his situation.
Will Smith wrote:
Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive. My behavior at last night’s Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable. 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.
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. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness.
I would also like to apologize to the Academy, the producers of the show, all the attendees and everyone watching around the world. I would like to apologize to the Williams Family and my King Richard Family. I deeply regret that my behavior has stained what has been an otherwise gorgeous journey for all of us.
I am a work in progress.
After almost 24 hours of backlash from the internet following the nerve-wracking slap he landed on Chris Rock’s face, Will Smith wrote an apology on Instagram that is directed to Chris Rock and others who have been affected by his actions.
Will Smith won his first Academy Award on Sunday night and offered his apologies to the Academy and others for an earlier incident in which the actor appeared to strike presenter Chris Rock
He tearfully accepted the award for his role as Richard Williams, the father of Venus and Serena Williams, in the film “King Richard.” Smith said Williams “was a fierce defender of his family.”
Smith said, “I know to do what we do, you gotta be able to take abuse and have people talk people about you. In this business, you gotta have people disrespecting you. And you gotta smile and pretend that’s ok.”
Smith also talked about being a “protector” and thanked the tennis legends and their family.
Smith shared that prior to his win, fellow nominee Denzel Washington shared some wisdom with him: “At your highest moment be careful, that’s when the devil comes for you.
Smith ended by saying that he hopes the Academy welcomes him back
Will Smith tearfully apologizes for slapping incident at 2022 Oscars