– Why did Will Smith hit Chris Rock?
– Because he could.
Will Smith would NEVER have done what he did if it were The Rock instead of C-Rock yapping on that podium. But sadly, the Academy engaged the smaller Rock and Will Smith one-slap killed stand-up comedy as we knew it. And then they gave him an Oscar. He went home with the social media applauding him, largely ignoring how Chris must have felt and blaming Jada for rolling her eyes so loudly. This is where we’re at. The new normal.
And Will didn’t hit Chris because of the bald joke. He hit him because of the “I love you Jada” part.