Oscars 2022: Former Sheffield United and Birmingham City man weighs in on Will Smith and Chris Rock 'slap' debate
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The Los Angeles ceremony was thrown into chaos after Smith stormed the stage and slapped Rock after the joke. Minutes later, Smith picked up his first Oscar for best actor, for his role as tennis legends Venus and Serena Williams’ father Richard in King Richard.
Smith apologised to both the Academy and his fellow nominees, but not to Rock, as he collected his gong, joking that he "looks like the crazy father."
It was later reported that Rock will not press charges over the slap and Woodhouse - who came through the ranks at United before later earning a £1m move to Birmingham City, playing in the Premier League and then retiring to launch a boxing career – backed the actor’s actions in protecting his family.
“Will Smith just did what I expect any man worth his salt to do,” Woodhouse, who won the British light-welterweight title in 2014, wrote on Twitter.
“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.”
In replies to fans, Woodhouse later added: “I wouldn’t take too kindly about somebody making a joke about my wife if she had an illness.
“Everybody is different I suppose but I wouldn’t sit back while somebody took the **** about my wife in front of the world.
“But again everybody deals with things differently. Just my opinion.”
“I think in comedy not much is off limits,” Woodhouse later wrote.
“Comedians should never be censored or cancelled. But you must also realise they could be consequences. I think that’s fair?
“Say whatever you want but be careful, you might get a smack in the mouth for it. That’s life, brother!”
The incident did not appear to dampen Smith's spirits as he celebrated his win at the Vanity Fair afterparty with his wife and three children - sons Trey, 29, and Jaden, 23, and daughter Willow, 21.