Conspiracy Theorists Blame Will Smith’s Chris Rock Oscars Slap On Shakespeare ‘Curse’

Chris Rock Slap Conspiracy: Theorists have blamed the incident on a Shakespeare curse from the play 'Macbeth'.
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Conspiracy theorists are bizarrely blaming Will Smith smacking Chris Rock at the Oscars on a Shakespeare curse from the writer’s play, ‘Macbeth’. 

It all started when a person took to Twitter and pointed out that the comedian had mentioned the play’s title on the stage earlier on in the night.

Tweeting about it, they wrote: “HOLD UP. WHY DID NOBODY TELL ME THIS PART? This is IMPORTANT.”

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The tweet read: “At the 94th Academy Awards, Chris Rock congratulated Denzel Washington on his performance in The Tragedy of Macbeth, saying the name of [the] Scottish play aloud in the Dolby Theatre.

“Moments later, Rock was slapped after making a joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.

“Viewers including the playwright Lynn Nottage quickly took to social media to joke that Rock has suffered the curse of the Scottish play.”

The superstition they were referring to is around saying ‘Macbeth’ out loud while inside a theatre, as many believed it brings bad luck.

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The Royal Shakespeare Company’s website explains ‘the curse of the Scottish play’.

It says: “According to folklore, ‘Macbeth’ was cursed from the beginning. A coven of witches objected to Shakespeare using real incantations, so they put a curse on the play.

“Legend has it the play’s first performance (around 1606) was riddled with disaster. The actor playing Lady Macbeth died suddenly, so Shakespeare himself had to take on the part.

“Other rumoured mishaps include real daggers being used in place of stage props for the murder of King Duncan (resulting in the actor’s death).”

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Written by Aimee Walker

Aimee is a senior content editor at IGV who specialises in finding the best original stories, trending topics and entertainment news. She graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Media and Communications.