Serena Williams shares stunned reaction to Will Smith slapping Chris Rock
Serena Williams shared her stunned reaction after Will Smith punched Chris Rock onstage at the Oscars on Sunday night.
Moments after the King Richard star, 53, stormed onto the stage to assault the comedian, 57, Serena shared her shock on her Instagram stories, sharing a short video of her open-mouthed face.
Her first video has no words, so her facial expression speaks for itself.
“I just sat down because I was like, I have to put that drink down because…” she says moments later in another video, opening her eyes wide.
Serena Williams shared her stunned reaction after Will Smith punched Chris Rock onstage at the Oscars on Sunday night
Serena shared her shock on her Instagram stories, sharing a short video of her open-mouthed face
Her first video has no words, so her facial expression speaks for itself
Serena may have been hesitant to condemn Will too clearly, as she was at the Oscars last night for a movie he starred in and produced.
She and her sister Venus, 41, also have executive producer credits for the film, which is about their father, Richard Williams.
But her Instagram videos — especially the second, where she looks sideways and wrinkles her forehead — seem to make it clear that she didn’t approve of Will’s outburst.
The Fresh Prince star has certainly resonated for the shocking moment, when he reacted violently to a joke about his wife’s hair.
“Jada, GI Jane 2, can’t wait to see it,” Chris said from the stage during the broadcast.
Will walked on stage and punched Chris over Jada Pinkett-Smith’s shaved head after GI Jane joke
The moment was initially perceived as a little stunned, but Chris was clearly stunned – and Will continued to scream from his seat
“I just sat down because I was like, I have to put that drink down because…” Serena says moments later in another video, widening her eyes.
But her Instagram videos seem to make it clear that she didn’t approve of Will’s outburst
Jada has struggled with hair loss since revealing her alopecia diagnosis in 2018, although the comedian may have been unaware that her haircut was due to an illness.
While Will initially laughed at the joke, Jada didn’t and moments later he was on stage.
A giggling Chris Rock said “uh oh” but seemed unprepared for the moment Will hit him.
“Wow, Will Smith just slapped me,” he said as Will returned to his seat.
Most of the assembled audience of the world’s biggest stars gathered at The Dolby Theater in LA last night — and millions of people watching around the world — initially believed it was a joke and kept laughing at what had happened.
Previously, Serena had walked the red carpet in a custom pink Gucci dress
She and her sister, in Elie Saab, have executive producer credits for King Richard, a film about their father in which Will stars.
Will is on the red carpet earlier in the evening with Jada
But Smith’s breakdown continued as he returned to his seat screaming, “Keep my wife’s name out of your damn mouth.”
The crowd fell into a stunned silence as it became crystal clear that the attack was real. Chris Rock answered him and said, “I’m going, okay?” before laughing uncomfortably and saying, “That was the best night in television history.”
When the LAPD arrived on the scene, Chris reportedly refused to press charges.
On winning Best Actor later in the evening, Will spoke about his outburst — and while apologizing for the distraction, he also seemed to defend his actions.
“Richard Williams was a fierce defender of his family,” he said. “At this time of my life, right now I am overwhelmed by what God is calling me to do.
Will starred in and produced King Richard and also won Best Actor on Sunday
He’s known the Williams sisters for years (pictured in 2006 along with Brandy and Keke Palmer)
“I am called upon in my life to love people and protect people and be a river to my people.”
In the end, Smith apologized to the Academy and his fellow nominees, but not to Rock.
‘Art imitates life. I look like the crazy father. But love will make you do crazy things,” he said.
Later, at the Vanity Fair afterparty, he told the audience, “It’s been a beautiful night — it’s all love.”