Will Smith made a thinly-veiled quip about his Oscars slap in a new TikTok video this week – ahead of the one-year anniversary of his assault on Chris Rock.
The actor, 54 – who slapped Rock, 58, after he made a joke about Smith’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head – made light of the situation as he jumped on a TikTok trend which encourages users to ask an inanimate object what it thinks of you.
The original video, which Smith duetted with – sees TikToker Sam Rossi state: ‘This works because everything has consciousness.
‘You can pick up a pen and ask it how it sees you or what it thinks of you and you will 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 video Smith picks up his Best Actor Academy Award, which he picked up on the night for his role in King Richard, frowns and starts to mouth a question before the clip ends.
Fans were quick to notice the link between the clip and the Oscars slap, with one writing: ‘Hahaha that is gold!!!!!!’ while a second typed: ‘Bravo! This is classic Will Smith! This is fabulous. Hahaha Always a comedian and we adore you.’
Another wrote: ‘lol nicely done. if you can’t make fun of yourself, yer doing it wrong’ while another penned: ‘Oscar : ‘I’m not mad… I’m just disappointed.’
One follower wrote: ‘Redemption.. This summer’s blockbuster starring Will Smith. “It’s not what you say, but what you do!”
Will’s now infamous Oscars slap occurred during the 94th Academy Awards on Monday, March 27. The annual ceremony was hosted by comedians Amy Schumer, Regina Hall and Wanda Sykes.
Among the A-list presenters was comedian Chris Rock, who hit the stage during the ceremony to present the award for Best Documentary Feature Film.
Rock, who was hosting the show, joked that Smith’s wife Jada looked like ‘G.I. Jane’ because of her bald head.
She had recently revealed that she suffers from alopecia.
Will, clearly enraged by the jab, stormed the stage and proceeded to slap Rock for making the joke.
Smith’s shocking assault occurred moments before he took home the Best Actor gong for his portrayal of tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams’s devoted father in the film King Richard.
In a rambling acceptance speech a sobbing Smith admitted that ‘love makes you do crazy things’ – but tellingly failed to apologize to Rock for his assault. He did, however, apologize to the Academy and his fellow nominees.
In response to the incident, the Academy placed a 10 year Oscars ban on Will. In a statement, they declared that the 2022 Academy Awards were ‘overshadowed by the unacceptable and harmful behaviour we saw Mr Smith exhibit on stage.’
It took four months for Smith to issue an apology to Rock, which came in the form of an emotional YouTube video.
‘Chris, I apologise to you. My behaviour was unacceptable and I’m here whenever you’re ready to talk,’ he said directly into the camera. Smith noted that he has since reached out to Rock but the comedian was not ready.
Will has been working hard to rehabilitate his once squeaky clean image by speaking openly about that ‘horrific night’ and admitting his wrongdoings.