QAnon Conspiracy Theorists Think Infamous Oscar Slap Was Hoax Because 'Will Smith Is Actually Dead'
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Will Smith slapped Chris Rock on stage at the 94th Academy Awards on Sunday 27 March, but now QAnon supporters are weighing in with their own conspiracies about the incident.
While presenting the Oscar for Best Documentary, Rock made an insensitive joke about Smith's wife Jada Pinkett Smith.
After Rock made the joke, Smith – who later that evening won the Oscar for Best Actor – promptly went on stage and slapped him.
While celebrities were divided in their reaction to the incident, with Tiffany Haddish supporting Smith's actions saying: "As a woman, who has been unprotected, for someone to say, ‘Keep my wife’s name out your mouth, leave my wife alone,’ that’s what your husband is supposed to do, right? Protect you."
While Howard Stern likened Smith to Trump, noting: "He decided he’s going to take matters into his own hands. At a time when the world is at war. Bad timing, man."
Now it seems that QAnon are weighing in on the situation, claiming that the incident was fake, despite Smith having apologised for it on social media.
Smith noted: "I was out of line and I was wrong."
He added: "Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive."
Smith and Rock were said to have cleared the air following the ceremony, as confirmed yesterday (28 March) by Diddy.
Still, some have claimed that the incident was set up, including the infamous conspiracy group QAnon.
The group have long been known for their online conspiracy theories, that include accusing celebrities of child sex trafficking.
Now, as reported by Vice, QAnon members have claimed the Oscars moment was staged to boost ratings.
A member of a QAnon channel claimed on Telegram that Smith slapped Rock 'to boost ratings and to make everybody talk about Will Smith and Chris Rock in Hollywood and stop talking about President Trump'.
One user added: "Distraction... something big is about to drop."
While over on the QAnon Great Awakenings message board another user added: “They also use the live shows as comms," going on to note: "It could have been a message to some operatives to go to Plan B."
One user on a Telegram group linked to the JFK-QAnon group in Dallas even went so far as to say: "It’s not a fake incident but definitely clone cuz Will Smith is dead."
Well, that's perhaps the most out-there hot take we've had so far on the viral moment.
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Topics: Celebrity, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, Oscars