G.I Jane joke that angered Will Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith is a reference to Buzz cut Demi Moore from 1997 G.I Jane, so as to pick on her hairstyle that she might appear in G.I Jane 2. (Picture below shows the original reference)
The conversation went something like this,
Chris Rock started with, “Jada, I love you, can’t wait for G.I Jane 2.”
Jada has, in the past, been open about her struggle with hair complications
As the joke was delivered, the audience laughed, Jada was visibly upset, and Will Smith walked up to the stage and slapped Chris Rock.
In the USA, the visuals and audio of the live telecast was cut from the Oscars broadcast, but it aired in countries like Japan, India, and Australia, where the conversation after the slap went like this,
“Will Smith just smacked the s**t out of me.” Chris Rock said regaining his posture.
“Keep my wife’s name out of your f**king mouth.” Will Smith said.
“Wow, dude, It was just a G.I. Jane joke,” Chris Rock replied.
“Keep my wife’s name out of your f**king mouth” Smith again said.
“I’m going to… OK,” Chris Rock said.
In the end, Chris Rock said, “That was one of the greatest nights in the history of television”
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