Will Smith’s slap of Chris Rock at the Oscars has become a story with a life of its own. Rock made a joke about Will’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, which offended the former Fresh Prince star. Smith stormed the stage and slapped Chris directly in the face.
The aftermath has been all over the place. The backlash against Will Smith has led the Academy to consider severe sanctions against him for future events. Chris Rock is keeping his mouth shut about the situation.
Oscars producer Will Packer appeared on Good Morning America this morning to set the record straight. Packer says Chris Rock did not want Will Smith removed from the event. Rock’s representatives say that is a lie.
Packer’s claim that Chris wanted Will to be allowed to stay has been challenged both by Rock’s camp and the Academy itself. A source told TMZ that Packer is not acting as a spokesperson for the organization.
“Will Packer is not speaking on behalf of the Academy.”
Information about the slap heard around the world keeps changing as more people speak out. Right now, what happened is not fully understood. In the coming days and weeks, movie fans can expect to hear a lot more about this ugly incident.
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