The infamous slap at 94th Annual Academy Awards back on March 27 still has people talking and recently DJ Jazzy Jeff shared his take on the incident. He says his friend Will Smith would have slapped anyone on the Oscar stage that night, including former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson.
During an interview with the Faq Podcast, Jeff said, “When it happened and I saw him walk up there, the one thing I would say – ’cause I’ve had people say, ‘Oh he wouldn’t have done that to no gangsta.'”
He continued, “Let me tell you something about Will. Will is somebody that cliff dove in Jamaica and couldn’t swim. Will was the person that whatever he’s afraid of, he runs to. I ain’t got that in me. I don’t have that in me at all. I’ve watched Will almost die numerous times running straight.”
Jeff also added, “Will would’ve slapped Mike Tyson. It did not matter who was there. Will would’ve got his ass beat, but he was going to do what he was going to do regardless of who it was. It wasn’t for fake. It wasn’t for show. I have to protect. If that was a grizzly bear, he would have did it. I know him.”
On March 27, Smith approached comedian-host Chris Rock on the Oscars stage and slapped him for making a comment on his wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s bald hairstyle.
Smith then returned to his seat and shouted, “Keep my wife’s name out of your f*****g mouth!” Later that night, he would win an Oscar for best actor for his role King Richard.
Smith issued a social media apology to the Academy and Chris Rock. Smith resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science and received a ten-year ban from all Academy-related events.