Ever since Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars, it has sparked heated debates. Will Smith apologized, but he continues to face backlash. Chris Rock hasn’t really talked about the incident publicly, although he did promise he would if the money is right. It appears, there’s more to the story.
Anyone familiar with Tupac Shakur’s past knows about his relationship with Will Smith’s wife Jada Pinkett. The two met in the 1990s at the Baltimore School for The Arts and struck up a platonic friendship, although many speculate their relationship went deeper than that.
Over the years, Pinkett has made her love for Tupac abundantly clear on every birthday and death anniversary since his 1996 murder. In the process, Smith has become a running joke, with many alleging Pinkett is in love with 2Pac over 25 years after his death. According to Chris Rock’s brother Tony, that’s precisely the reason Smith smacked the famed comedian on live television during the Oscars.
Speaking to the Top Billin’ with Bill Bellamy podcast earlier this month, Tony Rock speculated Smith was tired of being emasculated in front of his wife. Tony explained that, “I think that [Oscar Slap] was the accumulation of him being slapped on other levels.” He went on to elaborate on the subject.
“He said it himself, he always hated the ‘soft moniker.’ He’s soft, Jada won’t let 2Pac die, it’s always something about 2Pac and his daughter [Willow Smith] brought up 2Pac. And I’m not bringing up family stuff that people don’t know… this is stuff that everybody knows.”
Tony also said added, “[Jada] commonly talks about Tupac, her [past] relationship with 2Pac. As a married man to this woman, you’re like, ‘Damn is what I’m doing not enough?’” As for why Smith chose the Oscars to execute the “slap heard around the world,” he suggested it was all about how Pinkett looked at Smith after Chris Rock made the G.I. Jane joke about her bald head. You can check it all out below.
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