Anime Memes Are Already Taking Over the Will Smith Chris Rock Slap

Anime fans are already making jokes about Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars, with several memes being shared on Twitter, inspired by popular series like JoJo and Gundam.

You must have aleaedy heard about how Will Smith ended up slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars. The incident was already meme’ed on by the anime community on Twitter with several memes reusing jokes from JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure to Mobile Suit Gundam. Regardless of how and why the slap has happened, anime fans are quick on the uptake.

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JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure’s Stands and iconic poses memes take over the Will Smith and Chris Rock Oscars slap

We first have this JoJo sound effects montage. These “ゴゴゴゴ”; pronounced “Gogogogo” are SFX and are a typical sound-effect onomatopoeia for a tense atmosphere used in manga. It’s one of the most common JoJo memes, mirroring scenes from the original manga by Hirohiko Araki and the new anime series by David Production. Most notably the Jotaro Vs Dio scene in Stardust Crusaders.

Some anime fans have also compared Will Smith’s poses to a JoJo pose, adding the Alladin live-action Genie, played by Will Smith, as his Stand. Stands are supernatural beings who appear behind JoJo characters like spirits and allow them to use superpowers. The personas in the JRPG series by Atlus of the same name are directly inspired by Stands in JoJoif you needed a concrete example.

The Bight Slap meme from Gundam

Captain Bright Noah is one of the many iconic characters of the original Mobile Suit Gundam from 1979, and one of the sole recurrent characters in all its sequels, even appearing in Gundam Unicorn released in the 2010s. The way how Bright slaps protagonist Amuro Ray in the original Gundam is one of the many iconic scenes of the series. Mecha anime fans are referring to similar scenes -where heroes get slapped and roused into action by their mentors- as the Bright Slap. This too is a meme, so obviously, Gundam fans have slapped Will Smith’s face into artwork depicting Bright.

The slap, but in Japanese

As anime fans are using humor and memes to depict the unrealistic scene, some also pointed out how it becomes even more surreal when watching the Japanese rebroadcast, as the Japanese interpreter just kept translating in monotone. Check out the video below. What are your thoughts on the incident, and which meme is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!

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