Will Smith goes off script at the Oscars

Yeah, that happened. A “GI Jane: II” joke from Chris Rock earns a mutter and eyeroll from Jada Pinkett Smith, and a HARD smack from Will Smith, storming the stage, and some pretty serious cussing from his seat, too. Not a good look on his part.

What the hell? Not the “nice guy” after all? Lots of people have taken direct hits from Chris Rock and grinned it off. I guess that Friar’s Club Roast is off the table?

The Oscars just got a blast of MTV Music Awards Kanye Krazy. The joke was TAME, whatever its inuendo. Jada has shared far worse about herself and them as a couple than anything Chris Rock said. Did Smith feel he had license for payback because of her condition?

What is the source of this bad blood? Maybe this?

Got to say, it casts a pall over the night that may last a bit longer than two commercial breaks. Only one presenter mentions it afterward, so far. But we’ll see.

Back in the ’70s, Vanessa Redgrave made a pro PLO acceptance speech that the Jewish screenwriter Paddy Chayevsky felt compelled to respond to later. Somebody will almost certainly bring it up.

Wanda Sykes? Paging Wanda Sykes? Will everybody shy away from it because Smith is expected to win best actor? Will WILL address it?

Amy Schumer, “Did I MISS anything? There’s like a different VIBE in here?”

Muted applause when Smith’s name as Best Actor winner comes up. Actors acting…

“In character” is his defense/explanation? Tears and lashing out at “people disrespecting you.” “Denzel just told me, ‘At your highest moment, that’s when the Devil comes for you.'” The show’s director is at a loss.

“I want to apologize to the Academy, I want to apologize to my fellow nominees.” Good. But uh, no apology to Chris Rock?

Wandering around, groping, finding a reconnection with the audience. “Art imitates life. I look like the ‘crazy father.'” Yeah, you did.

They don’t “play him off,” which is fine. Humility. “I’m hoping the Academy invites me back.” Invokes God a few times for good measure.

The director cuts away — because one Williams sister’s breast was hanging out of her dress (allegedly). Jesus, what a Smithshow.

Cannot WAIT for the psychoanalysis and columnizing on this. Joe Rogan/Faux are going to have a field day.

Aside from that, this was a very sweet, touching, representational awards show. Lovely speeches, deserving winners, “CODA” as best picture.

But all we’ll remember is Will Smith acting out.

An eyewitness/EARwitness account below. And below that, the Japanese feed of the event, uncensored.

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