An image showing Chris Rock wearing what looked to be a cheek pad moments before Will Smith smacked him has been circulating on social media.
But the image is fake.
The fake cheek pad story was debunked by fact-checkers at Reuters.
Before the edited image was outed as a fake, social media users shared the image on Facebook and Twitter.
Digitally altered images and misleading claims regarding the Oscars ceremony are being shared on social media. For example, an altered version of a Reuters photograph claiming to show that Chris Rock was wearing a pad on his cheek https://reut.rs/3uvuU7K\u00a0pic.twitter.com/nYZjV90vPb
One Facebook user remarked: “If you think the slap was real. Then why is Chris Rock wearing a prosthetic pad on his cheek? Plus his hands are behind his back and he leans forward. Fake fake fake. All for ratings.”
A tweet that received 21,900 likes, 2,200 retweets, and 660 quote tweets shared the doctored image along with the message: “In 8k quality images you can see a pad on chris rocks cheek, yeah conspiracy theorists gonna go crazy with this one [sic]”.
The Reuters team created a comparison where people can look at both the original image with the doctored image. In the image that spread across social media, Rock’s stubble appears to be missing, and his complexion is blurrier.
Gizmodo said that there are two possible explanations for why it looks as though there’s something on Rock’s face.
One: Someone edited the image. Case closed.
Two: Someone tried to make the image quality better and ran it through an “AI” photo app, and it came out wrong.
Check out another angle of the slap and see for yourself.
It seems the only thing on Rock’s face that night was Smith’s palm. (Also, what good would a little pad do anyway against the force of a grown man’s hand?!).
But this isn’t the only image that went viral on social media for the wrong reasons.
Instead, the collage shows celeb’s reactions when the wrong film was announced as the Best Picture winner in 2017.
This photo collage depicts celebrity reactions at the 2017 #Oscars when the wrong film was announced as the Best Picture winner. \n\nIt has been falsely shared with the claim it shows reactions to Will Smith slapping Chris Rock during the 2022 ceremony https://factcheck.afp.com/doc.afp.com.327748R\u00a0\u2026pic.twitter.com/qdx5BcotKi