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Will Smith’s infamous Oscars slap has been revealed because the UK’s top trending YouTube video of the 12 months.
The clip, shared by Guardian News, has racked up over 103 million views and shows the uncensored version of the moment the Hollywood actor stormed the stage and slapped comedian Chris Rock after he made a joke about Smith’s wife.
The 1 minute 23 second-long video, which has 1.5 million likes on YouTube, shows the moments before Rock makes a joke about actress Jada Pinkett Smith and her shaved head consequently of her medical condition, alopecia, on the Academy Award ceremony in March.
Her husband is then seen storming onto the stage where he slaps the comedian across the face, to which a shocked Rock addresses the audience saying “Will Smith just smacked the s*** out of me”.
Smith returns to his seat and is then heard shouting: “keep my wife’s name out of your f****** mouth” at Rock, as stunned members of the audience look on.
The video quickly went viral on the time and made headlines across the globe as actors, celebrities and even politicians took to social media to commend or condemn the incident.
Smith was subsequently banned from all Academy events or programmes for 10 years following his “unprecedented” behaviour on the 94th Academy Awards and two days on from the slap, he issued a public apology to Rock and the Oscars production team.
The categories in the highest trending lists have been put together by the YouTube Culture and Trends team and include: the UK’s Top Trending Videos of 2022, the UK’s Top Shorts of 2022, Top Creators of 2022 and Top Breakout Creators of 2022.
The findings are based on a spread of things, beyond just views, that indicate how ‘trending’ a video is by considering engagement and signals just like the variety of shares and likes.
The second top trending video of the 12 months has been revealed because the Sidemen charity football match which was livestreamed on September 24 and has over 27 million views.
The three hour-long video was posted to the Sidemen YouTube channel, which was formed by a bunch of British YouTubers and fronted by boxer, musician and social media personality KSI, who produce videos of varied challenges, sketches, and video game commentaries.
The video shows the complete match between Sidemen FC and rivals YouTube Allstars as they took part within the 2022 Charity Match at The Valley, Charlton and raised over £1 million for charity.
The match coverage, which has received over 1.1 million likes, included a performance by electronic music duo Chase & Status and eventually ended 8-7 in favour of the Sidemen after two late goals.
Storm Eunice also made an appearance on this 12 months’s trending videos list with Big Jet TV’s commentary on jets attempting to land at Heathrow rating at number seven, just above the livestreamed conclusion of the Johnny Depp and Amber Heard defamation trial.
The nine hour-long video, posted by YouTube channel Law&Crime Network, has over 24 million views and followed live as jurors reached a verdict within the Hollywood actor’s multi-million dollar US lawsuit against former wife Amber Heard.
Following six weeks of evidence and roughly 13 hours of deliberation, jurors returned a verdict in favour of Mr Depp and the actor was awarded compensatory damages of 10 million dollars (£8 million) and an additional five million dollars (£4 million) in punitive damages.
Meanwhile, American YouTuber MrBeast, real name Jimmy Donaldson, has been named as the highest creator for 2022, followed by the Sidemen’s channel in second place.
In July MrBeast, who creates videos featuring huge money giveaways and prizes, reached 100 million subscribers and have become the most-subscribed YouTuber on the web site.
MrBeast’s videos include difficult large groups of individuals to participate in extreme challenges for a probability to win the highest prize, including one video where he gifts one among the winners their very own private island.
British prankster Jamie Nyland, who has 6.2 million subscribers, has been crowned the UK’s top breakout creator.
Brothers Nicolas, Matthew, and Christopher, often known as the Sturniolo Triplets, got here second for his or her laid-back automotive vlogs which have amassed over 3 million subscribers this 12 months.
Jen Jamie, Director of Communications, YouTube UK said: “Ever 12 months, the YouTube End-of-12 months Top lists give us a priceless glimpse into what people within the UK were most inquisitive about.
“YouTube is the place where everyone involves see what has and is occurring on the planet while participating in, and having an impact on, today’s culture.
“Whether it’s Shorts creators delighting hundreds of thousands, or events akin to the Sidemen charity football match, 2022 was a very important 12 months for us all and we cannot wait to see what the following 12 months has in store for us.”