Minutes after the heated altercation between American actor Will Smith and comedian Chris Rock onstage was televised during the 94th Academy Awards on Mar 28, 2022, netizens flooded Twitter with memes and gifs.
The anime community too wasn’t far behind when it came to posting witty content filled with anime references.
The most popular and relatable one that got viral has to be the memorable “ Oh? You’re Approaching Me?” scene from chapter 143 of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders manga.
In this scene, Dio Brando and Jotaro Kujo are walking toward each other, with the former saying, ” Oh, are you walking towards me? Instead of running, are you approaching me?” and Jotaro responded,” If I don’t get close to you I won’t be able to break your face.”
Even Viz media official Twitter account was making fun of the situation:
Some netzines have put “ゴゴゴゴ”; pronounced “Gogogogo” SFX, typical sound-effect for a tense atmosphere used in manga while others compared Smith’s poses to JoJo poses, with the Alladin live-action Genie, played by him, serving as his Stand. Stands are supernatural beings that appear as spirits behind JoJo characters and grant them superpowers.
Gundam fans also came forward to share their brilliant memes depicting one of the iconic moments in the original series, how Captain Bright Noah slaps protagonist Amuro Ray.
In fact, even though Smith initially was seen laughing at Rock, moments later something changed in him to go smack Rock for cracking jokes on his wife, Jada Smith. Attack on Titan fans compared the scene to the way Eren manipulated his father Grisha in the Final season. Vtuber The Gawd put in effort to formulate the meme below:
Apart from humor and memes related to anime and manga the other thing that got viral on Twitter was the Japanese dub of the Oscars. Netizens found it hilarious how the Japanese interpreter nonchalantly just kept translating in monotone.
On the night of the 94th Annual Academy Awards, Will Smith slapped actor and comedian Chris Rock after the latter made an insensitive joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, implying that she could star in the sequel to the film GI Jane (To the Limit), in which the protagonist, Lieutenant Jordan O’Neil, shaves her head as part of her military training.
Later that night, Smith won the Oscar for his portrayal of Richard Williams in “King Richard”. In his acceptance speech, Smith apologized to the Academy and his fellow nominees.