The highlight of the 2022 Academy Awards was Will Smith smacking Chris Rock over a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s baldness. The incident went viral all over the world and everyone expressed their hot takes. Now, Nicki Minaj has showed her support for Will Smith.

While many slammed Will Smith for his actions, Nicki Minaj is on his side. After winning best actor, Will realized his mistake and apologized. However, he apologized in general, to the Academy and his fellow nominees and didn’t mention Chris Rock’s name in his speech.

Nicki Minaj took to Twitter to express her take on this incident. The “Anaconda” rapper shared a series of tweets, discussing the event at length. She noted that this is what happens when a man sees the pain in his wife’s eyes. To conclude, she felt like Will wasn’t off base with what he did. Nicki Minaj wishes Chris Rock had been a bit more more sensitive.

Pinkett Smith announced last year she shaved her head after struggling with alopecia. Smith’s anger was very apparent, especially as he began to yell “Keep my wife’s name out of your f*cking mouth.” This was after because Chris Rock made a joke about Will Smith’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith. While presenting the award for Best Documentary, Rock quipped: “Jada, I love you. GI Jane 2, can’t wait to see you,”

In his award acceptance speech, which he  won best actor for his role in King Richard, Smith said he is hoping the Academy would invite him back. He hinted that his actions were out of love and a way of protecting his family, “Love will make you do crazy things” Will Smith concluded.

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Shifa Jahan

Shifa Jahan is a freelance writer from Bahrain currently pursuing her Masters degree in Comparative Literature from Jadavpur University, India. She is experienced in Copywriting, Academic Writing and loves to write about pop culture/ entertainment-news. Other interests include theatre, teaching, foreign languages and culture.

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