“It’s the season to recover and I’m ready for it.” It’s Will Smith’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s brief message on Instagram, and the target of a joke in bad taste that changed the course of the gala of the 94th edition of the Oscars, at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles last Sunday. Thus the actress became the last to speak among the heroes of the moment starring at the awards ceremony of the Hollywood Academy. Comedian Chris Rock cut his hair with his shaved head, leaving her husband with a slap in the face, which was watched live by 16.6 million people, according to final figures announced on Tuesday. Rock, who has refused to press charges, is the only one who remains silent on the matter.
As one might imagine, the unexpected act of violence did not affect the viewership. According to the Nielsen Company, some 614,000 people attended the broadcast between 11:00 pm and 11:14 pm, the moment Will Smith burst into tears after being nominated for the first Oscar in his career as lead actor. accepted. Ali And looking for happiness, It was a peak moment for the ABC network, which registered 17.4 million people (viewers of 3.9) after witnessing the uncomfortable moment, with the interpreter apologizing to the Academy and the nominees through tears. On the Internet, however, Smith’s name was Googled 25 times more than in the winning film of the night, coda, according to data from the audience firm. This year’s edition has seen an increase of almost 60% as compared to 2021 viewers. However, that hasn’t stopped it from having the second worst number of viewers in Oscar history, just after last year, which just touched 10 million.
Pinkett Smith’s message came hours after her husband apologized to Chris Rock on Instagram, however, he refused to apologize when he took home his Oscar on Sunday night. “Violence, in any form, is poisonous and destructive. My behavior last night was unacceptable and unforgivable… Chris, I want to publicly apologize to you. I was out of place and I was wrong,” he wrote on the social network.
The actor’s mother, Carolyn Smith, confessed that she was shocked by the episode during an interview with local television in Philadelphia. “This is the first time I have seen him do something like this. For the first time in his life… he had never seen her,” he said of her. Carolyn Smith described her 53-year-old son as a gift to people. Will Smith is the eldest of four children born in a middle-class suburb to the marriage of a small-business refrigeration engineer and a school board employee.
Meanwhile, Thappad continues to add hints of rejection. Richard Williams, the paternal grandfather of tennis superstar Venus and Serena Williams, on whose life Smith’s Oscar-winning film is based, said in a statement that he rejects all physical violence “unless it is used as a form of self-defense”. Is”. Athletes attended the ceremony on Sunday, but avoided all press that contacted them to ask about the episode.
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