There’s no doubt that the incident was the wildest Oscars moment in recent memory, and hell, I’ll bet it will stay that way for a long time.
However, that may not be the craziest moment in Oscars history.
Let’s spin it back to the 1973 Oscars, when Marlon Brando won his second Academy Award that year for his role in The Godfather.
With that being said, he never accepted the award himself, but rather, he sent Apache President of the National Native American Affirmative Image Committee, Sacheen Littlefeather, up on stage to accept the award on his behalf, so she could speak about the poor treatment of Native Americans, according to The London Economic.
When she got to the mic, she spoke about the poor treatment and depiction of Native Americans in the film industry, which you can tell in the video was not taken too fondly by the crowd.
Clint Eastwood, who was hosting the Oscars that year, came on stage afterwards and had some sly remarks towards Littlefeather, saying:
“I don’t know if I should present this award on behalf of all the cowboys shot on all the John Ford westerns in the theaters.”
However, that wasn’t the wildest part of the night.
According to Littlefeather, John Wayne was having to be physically restrained by six security guards from running on stage and confronting her:
“During my presentation, he was coming towards me to forcibly take me off the stage, and he had to be restrained by six security men to prevent him from doing so.”
Needless to say, if Wayne would’ve broke through the restraints, things could’ve gotten ugly quick.
So while, Will Smith’s slap was definitely a bad moment in Oscar history… he isn’t alone.
Will Smith issued a lengthy apology to Chris Rock on Instagram earlier this evening, saying that his behavior at the Oscars yesterday was unacceptable, inexcusable, and that he was wrong for reacting the way that he did.
Of course, he’s referring to last night at the Academy Awards, when host Chris made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith playing G.I. Jane (because G.I. Jane is bald), apparently not knowing that Jada has alopecia and has been open about her struggle dealing with her own hair loss.
Moments after Chris made the joke, Will appeared to be laughing, and upon realizing Jada didn’t think it was all that funny, marched up on stage during the live show and slapped the ever-living shit out of Chris.
Will also noted in the apology letter that he felt like causing such a scene during the show took away from the team who was part of the King Richard film (ya think?), which he was nominated and won the award for Best Actormere minutes after striking Chris.
Read his full statement below:
“Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive. My behavior at last night’s Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable. Jokes at my expense are a part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s medical condition was too much for me to bear and I reacted emotionally.
I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong. I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness. I would also like to apologize to the Academy, the producers of the show, all the attendees and everyone watching around the world. I would like to apologize to the Williams Family and my King Richard Family. I deeply regret that my behavior has stained what has been an otherwise gorgeous journey for all of us. I am a work in progress. Sincerely, Will.”