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Unpacking all the Oscars drama: From Will and Jada to Zoe Kravitz and Tiffany Haddish

Will Smith slapped Chris Rock on stage, celebrities who reacted got dragged, Zoe Kravits is being cancelled online, and Tiffany Haddish had time to get spicy with a reporter.

It seems this year’s Oscars buzz - or should we say, drama, just doesn’t want to subside. And for viewers at home, this is nothing short of amusing.

Needless to say, their unsolicited comments and opinions make for some pretty entertaining, and thought-provoking perspectives.

Before we get into it, lets start from the top:

Will Smith slaps Chris Rock

Most of us know Will Smith as a great actor, a loving father, and all-round good dude. His mellow and calm demeanour always shines through - even in the face of adversity (think, his complex marital issues with Jada and the demeaning comments she keeps making about him as a husband), but something within him just got triggered at the Oscars.

While Chris Rock was on stage performing his Oscar’s monologue, he directed what was intended to be a light-hearted joke towards Jada Pinkett Smith, calling her G.I Jane because of her bald/shaven head.

Smith seemed to laugh it while Jada was shown rolling her eyes in a clip. Cut back to Chris, we suddenly see Will charging on stage and delivering a colossal slap to the face. While Chris seemed startled, you’d be forgiven for thinking it was a skit. It got even more heated however, when Will started yelling profanities at Chris. ’Keep my wife’s name out our mouth.’ was the gist of the message.

Of course, many people were confused by what caused this knee-jerk reaction - and there was no shortage of conspiracy theorists online. The overarching theme is that Will felt an overwhelming urge to protect his wife, who happens to suffer from alopecia. While it understandable that this disease may be traumatic for them to go through as a family, was Will Smith’s reaction truly appropriate? Where does one draw the line when it comes to comedy content and showing compassion for emotional responses verses assault?

Here are some of the narratives online:

The incident caused a stir, and evoked some polarising reactions from celebrities and fans alike. Those celebs who tried to come for Will Smith though, had to deal with an onslaught of critisicm from the Twitterverse online.

Zoe Kravitz gets involved

One celeb in particular, was Zoe Kravitz. The Batman actress indicated she was clearly unimpressed Will Smith’s actions, labelling it assault in her Instagram post.

However, folks were not having it, and started going in on the actress about comments she reportedly made about Jaden Smith in the past, as well as her perceived snubbing of the black community throughout her career.

Tiffany Haddish faces backlash

While this tea was going on, social media also enjoyed some more light-hearted content courtesy of Tiffany Haddish. The actress and comedian had the time that evening when a reporter suggested her Oscars outfit was a “costume”.

“I’m not wearing a costume, I’m wearing Dolce & Gabbanna. It’s called an evening gown darling,” she responds playfully.

While some saw the humour in her response, others thought she was being too spicy. Then there were those who applauded her for standing up for herself. She also seemed to defend Will Smith’s actions, which added more fuel to the fire.

At this rate, no one is safe from Oscar’s Twitter backlash, and we obsessively refreshing our feeds to see the latest developments and celebrities getting dragged.

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