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Will Smith’s Chris Rock slap divides opinion on social media

Best actor winner Will Smith shocked audiences when he smacked presenter Chris Rock in the face and shouted a vulgarity at the comedian for making a joke about his wife’s hairstyle in a moment overshadowing the Oscars ceremony on Sunday (March 27).

The surreal confrontation was sparked when Smith, a best-actor nominee, took umbrage at Rock for making a crack about his wife’s closely shaven hair as the comedian was about to present the award for best documentary.

Smith suddenly strode onto the stage and slapped Rock hard across the face with his open hand. The actor then turned and took his seat again beside his spouse, actor Jada Pinkett Smith, who suffers from a hair loss condition called alopecia.

The Academy took to Twitter to say the organisation “does not condone violence of any form”.

Celebrity reaction was divided, with Mia Farrow saying Rock’s words were “just a joke” and filmmaker Rob Reiner saying Smith owed Rock “a huge apology”.

(Production: Tara Oakes)

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