`Slapgate': Old picture of Oscar faux pas shared as recent

Users claim that this was the audience’s reaction when Will Smith slapped Chris Rock during the 94th Academy Awards is viral on social media.

By Misha Rajani  Published on  1 April 2022 9:00 AM GMT
`Slapgate: Old picture of Oscar faux pas shared as recent

HYDERABAD: A collage showing the shocked faces of Hollywood stars is viral on social media.

Users claim that this was the audience's reaction when Will Smith slapped Chris Rock during the 94th Academy Awards is viral on social media.

The collage is being shared with the text, "Audience reaction when Will Smith punched Chris Rock on Stage at the #Oscars."


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FACT CHECK:

The viral collage is an old picture and is linked to the 2017 Oscars. The picture shows the audience's reaction to the mix-up at the 89th Oscars when 'La La Land' was incorrectly declared the Best Picture Award winner. The winner was 'Moonlight'. (Read more here)

Below is a breakdown of the 15 pictures in the viral collage.


A photo tweeted in 2017 by the Los Angeles Times shows Matt Damon (1), Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson (6), Busy Phillips (7), Salma Hayek (11), and Michelle Williams (13). The tweet's caption refers to the audience's reaction to the mix-up at the 2017 Oscars.

A photo tweeted by The New York Times shows David Oyelowo (4) along with the lady in cell 5.

Journalist Courtney Enlow tweeted a picture from the event and it shows Moonlight' lead Trevante Rhodes' (3) reaction.

Journalist Andrew Chow tweeted a picture from the event that shows Meryl Streep's (9) reaction.

The picture of child artist Jaden Piner, who played Kevin in 'Moonlight' was clicked by Mark Ralston for AFP and Getty Images. The picture was used by multiple news outlets.

https://www.indy100.com/showbiz/oscars-moonlight-jaden-piner-academy-awards-reaction-barry-jenkins-mahershala-ali-7601421


The picture of Mel Gibson's (14) reaction was taken by Matt Sayles for the Associated Press.


The picture of Ryan Gosling, the lead actor in 'La La Land' was tweeted by Associated Press in 2017.

The remaining two people in the collage are Moonlight-star Jharrel Jerome (12) and director Barry Jenkins (8).

Therefore, it can be said that pictures from the 2017 Academy Awards are being falsely shared as the audiences' reaction to Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars.

Claim Review:Picture shows audiences’ reaction to Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars.
Claimed By:Social Media Users
Claim Reviewed By:Newsmeter
Claim Source:Social Media
Claim Fact Check:False
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