Was Chris Rock Wearing Protective Cheek Pad Before Will Smith Slap?

Celebrities do perform a number of scripted skits at the Oscars.

A photograph shows Chris Rock wearing a protective cheek pad before Will Smith walked on stage and slapped his face at the 2022 Oscars show..

...was circulating all over the Internet. Some social media users quickly speculated that the incident had been staged.

Will Smith slapped Chris Rock on stage at the 2022 Oscars show after the comedian told a bald joke targetted at Smith’s wife.

On March 28, a altered image of Rock wearing a protective cheek pad in the moments before the slap was spread online in support of this “staged” theory.

As first noted by Gizmodo, this is not a genuine photograph of Rock wearing a protective pad on his cheek but a altered image.

Smith really did hit Rock at the Oscars, and it was not part of a staged bit.

In fact, Smith has since posted a public apology to Rock, and the Academy also released a statement condemning the incident.

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