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Oscars 2022: Meme displaying Smith/Rock response is from 2017

Oscars 2022: Meme displaying Smith/Rock response is from 2017

A viral meme claiming to point out superstar reactions after Will Smith hit Chris Rock on the Oscars isn’t from 2022. It’s really a compilation of pictures from 2017.

Through the March 27 Academy Awards, when Will Smith marched onto the Dolby Theater stage and slapped Chris Rock, the unpredictable second took many without warning.

One tweet with over 78 thousand retweets claims to point out celebrities who had been on the Oscars reacting to Smith’s actions. 

On March 28, The Academy of Movement Footage Arts and Sciences stated it condemns the actions of Will Smith in the course of the Oscars and it’ll launch a proper evaluate.

THE QUESTION

Is the viral meme claiming to point out the viewers response to Will Smith hitting Chris Rock from the 2022 Oscars?

THE SOURCES

THE ANSWER

This is false.

No, the montage of response pictures seen within the viral meme isn’t from the 2022 Oscars. 

The pictures seen within the meme date again to the 2017 Academy Awards. The celebrities seen within the meme had been reacting to the Greatest Image mixup – when La La Land was incorrectly introduced because the Greatest Image winner as an alternative of Moonlight.

WHAT WE FOUND

Utilizing Tineye, a reverse picture search software, VERIFY confirmed that the photographs within the viral meme date again to 2017, when celebrities had been reacting in shock to the Greatest Image mixup. 

Lots of the particular person portraits seen within the meme had been lifted from {a photograph} taken by Los Angeles Occasions photographer Al Seib. On this LA Occasions article revealed Feb. 27, 2017, Seib defined how he was in a position to seize the response shot.

VERIFY in contrast the photographs within the meme to pictures taken on the Oscars in 2022. A number of the actors within the viral meme from 2017, weren’t in attendance at this yr’s Academy Awards whereas others had been in numerous outfits.

VERIFY reached out to the Twitter account that posted the meme after this yr’s Oscars. In an announcement to VERIFY, @Lorrakan stated, “By no means did I count on the tweet to take off or assume the joke could be taken as truth.”

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