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Corey then delivers an improper joke about Angela in the film. As the crowd and Elijah continue to chuckle at the jokes aimed at the woman, Elijah notices that his wife is not amused.As the film unfolds, Elijah realizes the consequences of his actions and apologizes in a press conference for resorting to physical aggressiveness during the event. In his apology, Elijah states:As clips from the short film began to circulate on social media platforms such as TikTok, many netizens assumed Will Smith simply enacted the role of Elijah and in a classic life-imitates-art manner slapped Chris Rock in the face during this year’s Academy Awards. This, however, is not the case. As previously stated, Dhar Mann’s short video was released after the unfortunate moment on the award stage.Elijah then gets up and makes his way towards the stage to slap Corey in the face. As Elijah returns to his seat, he exclaims “Keep my wife’s name out of your mouth, Corey!”
In the 18-second YouTube video, Garfield walks up to a group of people and mouths the words: “What the f*** are you doing?”, seemingly copying Smith’s outburst.Pending an inquiry into the incident, the actor may be expelled, suspended or otherwise sanctioned – to be decided at the Academy’s next board meeting on 18 April.
In his subsequent apology to Rock, the King Richard actor said the 57-year-old comedian’s joke about “Jada’s medical condition” was too much for him to “bear”.Pinkett Smith has previously spoken about shaving her head after being diagnosed with alopecia, an auto immune disease which causes excessive hairfall.Celebrities including Adam Sandler, Jim Carrey, Tiffany Haddish, Zoë Kravitz, Wanda Sykes, and Ricky Gervais have all reacted to the “slap heard around the world” – being described as arguably the most shocking incident in the history of the Academy Awards.