Chris rock standing in front of Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith and Lupita Nyong'o at Oscars
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Footage From Oscars Shows Jada Pinkett Smith's Immediate Reaction To Will's Slap

In the aftermath of an incident at the 94th Academy Awards that saw Will Smith slap Chris Rock for making a joke at Jada Pinkett Smith's expense, we've seen how ravenously the public has craved details about what went down from every angle.

And while debate persists as to whether Smith's actions were provoked or not, the incident has also highlighted Pinkett Smith's longstanding struggles with alopecia and saw her characterize the aftermath of the incident as a "season for healing."

This context would lead many to regard Pinkett Smith highly after an otherwise murky and dour situation, but some are finding that perception a little oversimplified after the release of footage capturing her immediate reaction to the slap.

Be advised that the video featured in this article contains explicit language

On the night of March 30, a video began circulating TikTok with a caption stating "Here is an angle that most people have not seen."

Will Smith returning to his seat alongside Jada Pinkett Smith and Lupita Nyong'o
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As we can see, it showed Smith returning to his seat after slapping Rock and another caption told viewers to "Look at Jada's reaction."

At first, it would seem difficult to do this as this footage taken by an unknown audience member largely shows the back of her head.

Jada Pinkett smith leaning over as Will Smith sits down in front of Chris Rock at Oscars
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Nonetheless, when Rock states that Smith had just "slapped the [expletive]" out of him, we can see her lean forward and laugh.

We can also see her turn her face towards Smith when he started yelling at Rock to keep her name out of his mouth.

Jada Pinkett Smith sitting alongside Will Smith and Lupita Nyong'o in front of Chris Rock at Oscars
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However, she largely appeared to focus on Rock as he expressed surprise at what just happened and kept watching him as Smith repeated his statement louder.

When Rock played the moment off by calling it the "greatest night in the history of television," Pinkett Smith clasped her hands together and raised them slightly.

Chris Rock standing in front of Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith and Lupita Nyong'o at Oscars
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This could denote another laugh as that would describe the reaction of other audience members, but it's unclear while seeing her from behind.

For many commenters, Pinkett Smith's reaction seemed strange for multiple reasons.

In particular, one of the TikTok users who shared the video found it odd that she didn't seem to speak to Smith in any way, whether to comfort him or to address his behavior.

Jada Pinkett Smith sitting alongside Will Smith and Lupita Nyong'o in front of Chris Rock at Oscars
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And in comments collected by Buzzfeed News, others seemed to infer that she was laughing at the fact that Smith slapped Rock.

However, the timing of her reactions seemed to suggest she instead saw humor in what Rock said right after the incident occurred.

Nonetheless, these commenters didn't exactly see how anything about what unfolded would be a laughing matter.

As one Instagram user said, "He just made a fool out of himself and why is she still laughing?"