Chris Rock’s “cheek pads” claim and other Will Smith conspiracy theories have been debunked

Ever since Will Smith slapped Chris Rock, the internet has been rife with conspiracy theories.

Controversy arose during Sunday night’s Oscars when the comedian mocked Will’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith, who suffers from alopecia, by joking about her hair.

Jada looked visibly upset as Chris joked he was excited to see her in GI Jane 2, a film in which Demi Moore shaved her head for the role and then faced her husband’s wrath.

After Will stormed onto the stage and slapped Chris, the stunned comedian exclaimed, “Wow, Will Smith just threw the shit out of me.”

As he tried to shed light on the situation, Will angrily returned to his seat and began yelling, “Keep my wife’s name out of your damn mouth.”

While many believe it was just raw emotion, the Alu-Hass-Brigade is out in full force, claiming it was all a staging.

From cheek pads to a Shakespearean curse, here’s a debunking of a few theories.

cheek pads

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A very elaborate theory that Chris wore a cheek pad is gaining traction online.

Presumably such a device, which we are not sure actually exists, would be used to soften the blow from Will’s hand.

On Tuesday, a tweet went viral with a photo zoomed in on Chris’ face, captioned: “In 8k quality pics you can see a block on Chris Rock’s cheek yea conspiracy theorists go crazy with it.”

His cheek certainly looks lifted at first glance and there’s an odd line on his face, but the image is incredibly zoomed in.

Professional pictures from the event give a better clue – and it’s obvious that Chris isn’t wearing anything on his face.

Tech website Gizmodo has also given a reason for the “cheek pads” allegedly seen on Rock’s face, suggesting that it was likely an artifact caused by upscaling images of the incident.

They said pixelated or low-quality images can be improved with phone apps like Remini, which enlarge images by using what’s already there to add extra detail.

While the snap looks better in quality, the results are never entirely accurate as it has to guess what would make it better.

Fake slap

Some viewers claim this picture shows Chris with a cheek pad



Since the incredible moment aired, many people have gone through the footage with a tooth comb.

Watching the clip in slow motion, one could interpret that Chris was expecting to get hit.

Others have pointed out that he is not defending either as his hands are behind his back, there was no security involvement and he was allowed to return to his seat.

One person on Twitter said: “Chris Rock is grimacing for what he knows is coming. His hand barely brushed him.

“Actors, especially action actors like Will Smith, know how to throw a punch (or a slap). That was staged.”

Another added: “Will Smith and Chris Rock did the work of the decade.

While a third agreed: “‘It was fake though. Will Smith wouldn’t really have slapped Chris Rock like that on live TV. too much class But they were probably well paid for it.”

The slap was watched in slow motion



However, body language expert Darren Stanton has claimed that the slap could not be faked.

Darren said viewers could see the “visible emotional shift” within the couple after the joke was made.

“The joke targeting Jada’s shaved head after her battle with alopecia clearly made her uncomfortable and she showed signs of embarrassment and contempt on her face after embarrassing herself in front of her peers and the world,” Darren said Schlingo.

“Will, on the other hand, gave a cracked laugh and leaned back in his chair, which is a sign of tension or discomfort.”

The expert went on to say that Will did a “chin kick,” which is a sign of dominance, and that his reaction was completely genuine.

Darren added: “There have been a number of theories on the internet that this confrontation was staged, but from the level of anger Will Smith displayed, this was 100% real.

“You can’t fake that level of emotion.”

Macbeth curse

Denzel Washington and Jada Pinkett Smith (L) talk to Will Smith after he meets Chris Rock (top R).



One of the craziest theories is that Chris drew drama because of the Macbeth curse.

According to an old superstition, no one should ever say the name of the Shakespearean character in a theater unless he is acting or rehearsing a line.

Instead, you should refer to him as “the Scottish king” or “the Scottish lord” and say “the Scottish piece”.

Chris didn’t heed that warning, however, and some are convinced he cursed the awards show by naming her when praising Denzel Washington’s performance in last year’s film.

One Twitter user said, “To be fair, Chris Rock jinxed himself by saying ‘Macbeth’ in a theater.”

Another added: “Keep… Macbeth’s name… out of your FU****G mouth.”

Possible motives

Chris Rock has seen a tremendous sales boost


As Oscars viewership has dwindled in recent years, some are convinced the slap was a ploy to win viewers back.

But what would be Chris’ motive for getting slapped in front of millions of people?

Some people believe the whole thing was staged to help Chris’ career – and he certainly benefited from the scandal.

Ticket sales for his upcoming Ego Death World Tour, which is the comedian’s first comedy tour in five years, are soaring after Smack Gate.

A ticket sales site reported that they sold more tickets overnight from Sunday to Monday than all together in the last month, and they are up more than 200% in value on the secondary market.

Ticket marketplace TickPick tells People that more than 50 percent of sales for the tour have been made since the altercation at the Oscars — though they first went on sale last month, on February 24.

Brett Goldberg, TickPick co-founder and co-CEO, told the outlet, “The circumstances of the incident at the Oscars continue to ensure that demand for Chris Rock’s tour is increasing.

“More than 50 percent of tour sales on our platform have come in since the Oscars on Sunday, and we expect that trend to continue.”

Will’s apologies

Will has since apologized

Will has now publicly apologized to Chris and admitted he was embarrassed by his violent behavior.

In the statement, Will said: “Violence in all its forms is toxic and destructive.

“My behavior at the Oscars last night was unacceptable and inexcusable. Jokes about my expenses are part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s health was too much for me and I reacted emotionally.

“I want to apologize to you publicly, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong. I’m embarrassed and my actions were no indication of the man I want to be.

“In a world of love and kindness there is no room for violence.”

Will admitted he’s still “a work in progress”, explained what he had done was wrong and also apologized to The Academy and the Williams family.

Will with his 25-year-old wife Jada at the Oscars on Sunday night


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He continued, “I want to publicly apologize to you Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong. I’m embarrassed and my actions were no indication of the man I want to be.

“In a world of love and kindness there is no room for violence.”

Oscars organizers condemned Will’s actions and said they were reviewing the mess internally.

Their statement read: “The Academy condemns the actions of Mr. Smith at last night’s show. We have officially initiated a formal investigation into the incident and will consider further actions and consequences consistent with our bylaws, standards of conduct and California law.”

The issue has really divided the world, with some supporting Will’s actions and others calling for his Oscar award to be stripped.

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