The internet is furious with the fake Will Smith after the Oscars slap

Actor Will Smith holds up his Oscar at the 2022 Academy Awards.

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The internet is a mess, especially after something big happens that permeates and bleeds the online zeitgeist. For now, that’s apparently the fact that newly crowned Oscar winner Will Smith beaten Two-time Oscar host Chris Rock on a bad “joke” regarding Jada Pinkett Smith at the 2022 Oscars last night. And as millions rushed to post their feelings about something that had nothing to do with them, people that aren’t the Will Smith or the Chris Rock – who still share their legal names though – got caught in the social media crossfire.

“puppy,” tweeted Video game publicist and former Maximum PC Editor-in-Chief Will Smith Sunday night at 10:35 p.m. ET, shortly after the Oscars incident was broadcast live worldwide. The game developer followed with “Oh shit‘ after Smith later won Best Actor for his role last year King Richard.

Many tried to tag after the slap, which was reportedly in defense of Pinkett Smith’s public battle with an autoimmune disease that can cause hair loss the Will Smith yelling on Twitter about what happened. But eventually the Fresh Prince actor had his account suspended, so they got another Smith instead, @willsmith. This apparently happened to famed ESPN sports commentator Stephen A. Smith, who beat up the actor for the incident, but in so doing sent a viral shitstorm in Smith’s way.

“Really talked about, I’m not the person you’re upset/happy with,” Smith later tweeted. “I do podcasts and video games for a living.” Smith currently does communications for Stray Bombay which recently released co-op shooter The anacrusis in early access on Xbox. “At the risk of people getting mad at me instead of these other guys, the world would be a better place if we stopped responding to words with violence.” Smith did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Some people tried to play along in the latest case of internet impersonation. “I think you two are going to have to put up with this,” one person wrote to Smith, jokingly tagging @chris_rock, who also happens to be a veteran game developer. “Learn to accept a joke… I mean, your wife did it!” game developer Chris Rock wrote back.

Meanwhile, the comments below the exchange were filled with reports sincerely trying to dig into one side or the other of the fight. “[S]Sorry but he needs to apologize to JADA personally not you she is an independent woman,” one person replied. “Why the violence? Nobody wants to see that!?!” wrote another.

Twitter accounts that aren't Will Smith or Chris Rock are trying to go with the flow.

screenshot: Twitter / Kotaku

Other non-Will Smith accounts were also bombed. “It’s obviously at a peak rn,” said Good Willsmith, a drone music trio with only a few thousand followers. “I’d say it’s actually a mixed bag — some people are like, ‘That was despicable and you should be ashamed of yourself,’ and others are like, ‘Thank you for standing up for your family. Chris Rock got what he deserved.’” Based on screenshots shared with kotakuone person had DMed the “Welcome to Earth” clip from the film to Good Willsmith approvingly Independence Day, where Will Smith punches an alien in the face.

This is by no means a new phenomenon. The way social media is structured means the controversy of the moment has an opportunity to spread and engulf viewers. someone does something People are outraged. You try to message the stranger directly. A random person will sometimes burst the internet through their door like the Kool-Aid Man, except instead of saying “OHHH YEAAAH!” he yells stuff like “You’re a disgrace!”

“It’s always interesting to share a name with a famous person,” said Chris Rock, the game developer kotaku. “In my case, it usually ends in disappointment for the person who expects comedian Chris Rock rather than a game developer. @willsmith was hit a lot harder than me, although we were being combined on tweets pretty quickly. I think we kept things humorous, but as a platform that people use to voice their opinions, they certainly did.” The internet is furious with the fake Will Smith after the Oscars slap

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