US Lawmakers Delete Controversial Will Smith Oscars Tweet
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A pair of US lawmakers have both deleted tweets praising Will Smith over his violent Oscars outburst.
The actor stormed the stage at last night's glitzy event after Chris Rock made a barbed quip about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith.
Have a look for yourself:
The world and the star-studded audience were in utter disbelief at what they were watching, with people left wondering whether it was all set up by the pair.
However, it quickly became apparent that it was most likely not.
Shortly after the incident, though, Democratic representatives Ayanna Pressley and Jamaal Bowman both tweeted, then deleted, posts defending the Men In Black star.
Pressley wrote: "#Alopecia nation stand up!
Ayanna Pressley deleted this tweet, but not before @carolineframke saw it. #Oscars #WillSmith #ChrisRock #HolyShit pic.twitter.com/jm579AZi2G— Kate Aurthur (@KateAurthur) March 28, 2022
"Thank you #WillSmith Shout out to all the husbands who defend their wives living with alopecia in the face of daily ignorance & insults. #Oscars Women with baldies are for real men only only. Boys need not apply."
Pressley has since shared another tweet, in which she said she doesn't condone violence but criticised Rock's behaviour.
She said: "My life's work has always been about trauma & healing.
"I’m a survivor - I don’t endorse violence in any form.
"Let’s talk about what it’s like to live with #alopecia. The deeply vulnerable & difficult moments that our families see.
"Appreciation post for those who hold us down & support us when we’re at our lowest points. They see us, fully.
My life's work has always been about trauma & healing.— Ayanna Pressley (@AyannaPressley) March 28, 2022
I’m a survivor - I don’t endorse violence in any form.
"Our bodies are not public domain. They are not a line in a joke—especially when the transformation is not of our choosing.
"I’m a survivor of violence. I'm a proud Alopecian. The psychological toll we carry daily is real. Team Jada always. That’s that on that."
A tweet from Bowman's account read: "Teachable Moment: Don’t joke about a Black Woman’s hair."
It has since been reported that the tweet was shared by a member of Bowman's staff.
LADbible has contacted representatives for Ayanna Pressley and Jamaal Bowman for comment.
For those of you who don't have a clue what the hell happened last night, let's recap.
Rock, 57, was presenting the Best Documentary award and took the opportunity to have a bit of a laugh at the audience's expense.
One of his targets, however, was Smith's wife. And it did not go down well.
It all went wrong when Rock made a 'G.I. Jane 2' joke about Jada. "Jada, I love you. G.I. Jane 2, can’t wait to see you."
At first, Will appeared to laugh it off while Jada rolled her eyes, but he then walked onto the stage and smacked the comedian.
Rock seemed surprised, but kept up the laughs, saying how Will just 'smacked the sh*t' out of him.
"Keep my wife’s name out your f***ing mouth,” Smith shouted, to which Rock replied: “Wow... dude. It was a G.I. Jane joke."
"Keep my wife’s name out your f***ing mouth," Smith shouted again. Rock then assured Smith he would, before saying: "That was the greatest night in the history of television."
However, it seems as though the pair have since buried the hatchet, according to rap icon Diddy.
He told Page Six: "That's not a problem. That's over. I can confirm that.
"It's all love. They're brothers."
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Topics: Film & TV, Film and TV, US News, Will Smith, Chris Rock, Oscars