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Will Smith jokes about slapping Chris Rock before the 2023 Academy Awards


February 22, 2023 | 12:32 p.m

If these awards speak…

Nearly a year after “Hearing a Slap Around the World,” Will Smith appears to be mocking the 2022 Oscars incident in a new TikTok video.

On Tuesday, the “Emancipation” star posted a Duet with TikTok The user who asks others in the app to ask an inanimate object what they think of you.

“This works because everything has consciousness,” reads the original video caption by TikToker Sam Rossi.

She continued, “You can pick up a pen and ask him how he sees you or what he thinks of you,” and you’ll get an answer in your mind from your intuition. You can ask your car what it thinks of you, you can even ask money what it thinks of you.”

In the duet, the 54-year-old actor steps away from the camera to take home the Academy Award for Best Actor, which he won for his role in “King Richard” during that ill-fated ceremony.

It looks like he’s about to pop a question on his golden statue just before he finishes the video — which has 112,500 likes and 1.6 million views as of Wednesday morning.

Will Smith posted a “duet” with a TikTok user that prompts others on the app to ask an inanimate object what they think of you.
Tik Tok / Will Smith
Smith arrived off camera to take home the Oscar for Best Actor, which he won for his role in “King Richard” playing the father of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams.
Tik Tok / Will Smith

Smith slapped 94th Academy Awards host Chris Rock, 58, after the comedian made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s hair — which Smith described as his 51-year-old wife’s struggle with hair loss. The tone deaf comment inspired the actor to run up to the Los Angeles Dolby Theater and slap rock band in the face.

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The audio was cut and censored for several seconds as Smith returned to his seat. But comments and word of mouth by glamorous viewers revealed his message to Rock: “Keep my wife’s name out of your mouth.”

Smith has since apologized to the creator of “Everybody Hates Chris” in a Instagram another, calling his actions “unacceptable and unforgivable.”

Pinkett Smith broke her silence shortly after. “I hope these two smart, capable men have a chance to heal and talk about it and reconcile,” she said during an episode of her Red Table Talk series on June 1, 2022.

Smith slaps Rock Band on stage during the 94th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theater on March 27, 2022 in Hollywood, California.
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Smith was infuriated by a joke made by Rock about vixen Jada Pinkett Smith.
Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

Furthermore, he announced his resignation from the Academy after an outburst of anger, with the Academy in turn promising a formal disciplinary review.

It was eventually decided to ban Smith from appearing at the Academy Awards for 10 years after the accident.

The 95th Academy Awards, hosted by late-night broadcaster Jimmy Kimmel, will take place on March 12.

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