AE 1130 - The Goss

Will Smith Bitch Slaps Chris Rock

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Welcome back to The Goss episodes here on the Aussie English podcast!

Man, it’s been awhile since my dad Ian and I got together on the podcast and talked about stuff in and out of Australia.

And guys, we get back on the podcast today with this sensational bitch slapping that happened in the recent Academy Awards night!

I’m sure you’ve seen tons of memes right now, but this episode is about Chris Rock, who hosted the 2022 Oscars and made a joke about Will Smith’s wife Jada.

While Will took the joke lightly at first, he noticed Jada looking upset when he glanced over to her. Then Will got up, walked onto the stage where Chris Rock was standing, and bitched slapped the host.

20 million viewers around the planet saw what happened and people have dubbed it ‘the slap of the century’.

Listen in today on what we think about Chris Rock being a brave & smart guy who did the best he could in that very difficult situation, what we think of Will Smith’s audacious behaviour as a top Hollywood celebrity, and how we think it may ruin his career.

What about you? Would you call this kind of behaviour appropriate for a supposedly prestigious award ceremony?

Let me know what you think! Drop me a line at pete@aussieenglish.com.au

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      1. Body shaming? It not funny, Pete. Chris Rock could get shot with his stupid joke, nothing impossible in crazy America, Pete. What happened if it wasn’t Will Smith but a certain American cowboy with a gun?
        Actress Tiffany Haddish spoke for many when she praised Smith for defending his wife.

        “Maybe the world might not like how it went down, but for me, it was the most beautiful thing I ever seen,” she told People Magazine. Haddish, who co-starred with Pinkett Smith in the film Girls Trip, said black women are often the subject of jokes and ridicule, so seeing a black man stand up for his wife “meant so much to me”.

        Many black Americans noted the irony in the fact that Chris Rock produced the documentary Good Hair about how important hair is in black culture, only to joke about Pinkett Smith’s chosen hairstyle. Pinkett Smith is one of many women who have recently gone public about their fight with alopecia, a condition that causes hair loss and affects many black women.

        1. I think the ultimate point is that at the end of the day words should never = violence. If you say something I don’t like, no matter how offensive, I don’t have a right to hurt you.