6 Celebrity Reactions to the Will Smith / Chris Rock Oscars Slap, Ranked

We’re four days past Slapgate — or, if you’re somehow blissfully unfamiliar, the pivotal Oscars moment when Will Smith mounted the stage and slapped presenter Chris Rock for making a joke at the expense of his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. The discourse has raged on ever since, and of course, few celebrities have been able to resist weighing in on the event. Below, see a power ranking of stars’ reactions to the Chris Rock / Will Smith slap, in order from best to worst.

1. Lupita Nyong’o

Nobody could possibly have captured the shock of the moment better than Nyong’o, who was seated near Smith and caught on camera open-mouthed with disbelief as the slap occurred. Literally, same.

2. Tiffany Haddish

As an Oscars presenter, Haddish was on hand to watch the slap, and her reaction was one of more appreciation than consternation. On Monday, she spoke to the importance of protecting and supporting women: “When I saw a Black man stand up for his wife, that meant so much to me,” Haddish told People Magazine in the aftermath. “As a woman, who has been unprotected, for someone to say, ‘Keep my wife’s name out your mouth, leave my wife alone,’ that’s what your husband is supposed to do, right? Protect you. ”

3. LaKeith Stanfield

Stanfield spoke out about the slap during a red-carpet interview at the Vanity Fair Oscar party, saying, “I do not know, it was crazy. It was surreal. ” His resistance to instantly manufacture outrage or approval is deeply appreciated, and “surreal” definitely seems like the best word to describe the event and the evening as a whole!

4. Daniel Radcliffe

During his appearance on a UK morning show on Thursday, Radcliffe declined to comment on the slap, saying, “I’m just so already dramatically bored of hearing people’s opinions about it that I just do not want to be another opinion adding to it . ” More of this energy, please!

5. Amy Schumer

While Schumer, a co-host of Sunday’s ceremony, reacted well in the immediate aftermath of the slap, her later reaction was — to say the least — disappointing. Schumer wrote on Instagram that she was “triggered and traumatized” by the event. Doubtless, watching the slap occur in real time must have been upsetting, but Schumer’s words arguably fit into a long legacy of white women overstating harm and centering ourselves in situations that don’t actually involve us.

6. Judd Apatow

In a now-deleted tweet, Apatow criticized Smith’s behavior, writing that the actor “could have killed” Rock — which is hard to wrap one’s head around. Smith’s actions were certainly alarming, but I’m pretty sure the mortality rate from open-hand slaps is fairly low, and whether he intended it or not, Apatow’s characterization of Smith’s “pure out-of-control rage and violence” play into some ugly and long-existent stereotypes about Black men.


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