Updated: Apr 14, 2022
I guess you can have your cake and eat it too! Will Smith, global superstar sensation, slaps Chris Rock moments before receiving the Best Actor Award during the 2022 Oscars. Smith slapped Rock after Rock made a comment about Smith's wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, close-cropped hair. It is unclear whether Rock knew about Pinkett Smith's suffers from alopecia, a hair disorder resulting in hair loss.
Smith walked across the stage and struck Rock in the face and walked back to his seat where he yelled, "Keep my wife's name out of your f***ing mouth!"
Moments later, Smith was nominated and won the Oscar for Best Actor for his role in "King Richard".
Will Smith wins Best Actor Award for role in "King Richard" at Oscars.
Smith has since then public apologized to Rock and has resigned from the Academy.
"This only happens in America," says Lee, a Korean woman living in Seoul as an elementary school teacher as I interviewed her about this subject.
"Will Smith had a good reason to hit Chris Rock since he was joking about his wife," Lee added. "If this happened in Korea, the online community would criticize Smith for attacking Rock."
Of course there are many sides to this argument. Many Koreans often take a one-sided group approach when arguing against a person. In a group mentality, it is hard to argue against everyone else, so many Koreans just go with the herd.
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