At the 94th Academy Awards, Will Smith’s victorious moment was marred by a controversial incident when he slapped Chris Rock on stage in response to comments about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.
Dubbed “Slapgate,” the incident resulted in Smith being banned from the Academy Awards for a decade. In a surprising twist, a recent street fight between two girls bore eerie similarities to the infamous feud between Smith and Rock.
The altercation ensued after one girl made derogatory comments about the other behind her back. Dressed differently, with one wearing shorts and the other in pants, tensions escalated quickly. In a fit of anger, the girl in pants delivered a swift punch to the shorts-clad girl, seeking payback. Determined to defend herself, the girl in shorts retaliated, but was caught off guard when her opponent grabbed her by the hair and unleashed a flurry of punches. The fight took an unexpected turn when the girl in pants gained the upper hand, sending her opponent crashing to the ground. Seizing the opportunity, she landed a few more blows, ultimately concluding the fight.
Before the action commenced, one of the girls tauntingly warned the other to “keep my name out of your mouth.” This echoed the words of Will Smith, who had confronted Chris Rock with a similar sentiment following the slap incident, saying, “Keep my wife’s name out of your mouth.”
Interestingly, some UFC stars employ slaps as part of their arsenal. The Diaz brothers, Nate and Nick, are known for using the ‘Stockton Slap’ technique, where they deliberately slap their opponents during matches.
Notably, Nate Diaz used this tactic against Conor McGregor and Leon Edwards. Furthermore, UFC CEO Dana White’s Slap Fighting League has become a presence in the combat sports community.
The video of the ladies’ street fight quickly garnered attention on social media, with nearly 100K views within a short span of time. The resemblance between one girl’s dialogue and Will Smith’s words after slapping Chris Rock played a prominent role in the video’s viral status.
Responses on social media ranged from finding the video humorous to expressing concerns about the street fight and arguing for suitable repercussions for the participants. Let’s delve into some of the reactions shared on the X platform: