Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars was a moment that will live on in infamy. The sheer randomness and craziness of the incident left viewers at home shook.
One such viewer?
Golden State Warriors star, Stephen Curry.
In the immediate aftermath, Curry took to Twitter to offer his thoughts on what transpired:
Like everybody..I’m still in shock about the whole thing- but in all the unnecessary drama, at least we got the line of the night from Denzel…”In your highest moments, be careful, that’s when the devil comes for you!” 📢
— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) March 28, 2022
Reactions poured in immediately:
what Will Smith did is not ok. people might think it is ok to assault a comedian just because the joke had gone overboard.
— robert, on a break (@_robert_ran) March 28, 2022
Will Smith is a role model to children everywhere. With power comes choices. He was an embarrassing role model tonight. Showing our kids that if someone says something you don’t like then it’s ok to hit them is not a wise choice with your power. Do better Will.
— Sandy Kaminski (@sanrissa) March 28, 2022
It’s funny… A lot of people talking about how another man should feel/handle a person HE felt disrespected HIS wife in front of thousands of people.
— Juuhachinichi (@juuha18) March 28, 2022
“Unnecessary drama” = too much respectability in this tweet. The devil is this system that keeps y’all tap dancing for deals and endorsements. #ProtectBlackWomen now that you can, easily. Enslaved Black men, couldn’t. Jim Crow era elders feared lynching. Now, what is the excuse? https://t.co/2EVwYZKh9S
— Shenae LeGrand (@NefertitiUnited) March 28, 2022
Denzel has the best wisdom/lines, on and off the screen. https://t.co/wrjOeQR09g
— Jon Christensen (@J_Christensen32) March 28, 2022
Obviously Curry isn’t the first athlete to weigh in on this topic. Serena Williams offered a fairly straightforward response to what happened as well.
Being in the public light isn’t easy. Curry knows that firsthand. The rumors that go around about his marriage no doubt get to him as well.
Venus Williams was so shocked by Will Smith that she fell out of her dress. https://t.co/P6QIlAYtA1
— Game 7 (@game7__) March 28, 2022
That said – there is something to be said for maintaining grace and composure in tough times. Curry does it consistently and with unflappable resilience.
Others would be wise to take a page out of his book.