Former Sheffield United skipper defends Will Smith Oscars slap

Written by Lauren White

I am a trainee journalist at the University of Sheffield, Editor in Chief of nebeep.com and a proud Geordie.

Former Sheffield United skipper Curtis Woodhouse has defended Will Smith after he slapped comedian Chris Rock live on television at the Oscars last night.

Woodhouse, who first joined Sheffield United in 1997 before becoming a professional boxer, said on Twitter: “Will Smith just did what I expect any man worth his salt to do. I understand the world we live in now is all watered down and strong is no longer acceptable, but strip a man down and our basic instinct is to provide and protect for our family.

“Big up Will Smith,” he wrote.

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star left his seat to slap Chris Rock, who had made a joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett-Smith.

Rock made comparisons with Pinkett-Smith’s hair loss due to alopecia and G.I. Jane, prompting the actor to shout “get my wife’s name out your f***ing mouth”.

The pair have had a rocky few years in the public eye after Pinkett-Smith admitted to having an affair with August Alisna in 2020.

But Woodhouse remained defiant in his defence, tweeting numerous times to support the star who went on to win the prestigious Best Actor gong.

Written by Lauren White

I am a trainee journalist at the University of Sheffield, Editor in Chief of nebeep.com and a proud Geordie.

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