UNITED STATES: The most popular video on YouTube in the UK this year was a clip of Will Smith slapping Chris Rock on stage during the Oscars.
On the video-sharing website, the uncensored tape of the hit that sent shockwaves across the globe has had more than 103 million views and 1.5 million likes.
It depicts the scene at the March Academy Awards where the Hollywood actor smacked Rock after he made a joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head, which is a result of her alopecia.
The audience is then addressed by a horrified Rock, who declares: “Will Smith just smacked the shit out of me.” As astonished audience members watch, Smith gets up from his seat and yells, “Keep my wife’s name out of your f-mouth!”
As actors, celebrities, and politicians praised or denounced the occurrence on social media, the video swiftly gained popularity and made headlines worldwide.
Following his “unprecedented” behavior, Smith was later barred for ten years from participating in any academy events or programs. He apologized publicly to Rock and the Oscars production crew two days after the smack.
The UK’s top trending videos of 2022, the UK’s top shorts of 2022, the top creators of 2022, and the top breakout creators of 2022 are among the categories in the top trending lists.
The outcomes are based on a variety of variables in addition to views, such as engagement and signals like shares and likes.
The Sidemen charity football game, which was live-streamed on September 24 and has received more than 27 million views and 1.1 million likes, was the second most popular trending video of the year.
The three-hour movie was uploaded to the Sidemen YouTube channel, which was created by a group of British YouTubers and is fronted by KSI, a boxer, musician, and online celebrity.