Will Smith apologizes for slapping Chris Rock: “My behavior was unacceptable.” , culture
Four months after the 2022 Academy Awards ceremony, Will Smith talks about slapping comedian Chris Rock for making a joke about his wife Jada Smith’s separation. “Chris, I apologize to you. My behavior was unacceptable and I’m here whenever you’re ready to talk,” the star said in a video posted to her Instagram and YouTube accounts. Straight to the camera The actor answered a series of questions while watching. Smith explained why he didn’t apologize when he came out to deliver his acceptance speech for the Best Actor award minutes after Thappad. “I fogged out by that point. happened. It’s all fuzzy,” he explained.
The incident for which Will Smith apologized happened at the Oscars ceremony on March 28. Comedian Chris Rock made a joke about the actor’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s alopecia. Will Smith then got up from his seat, and to the surprise of the audience, who did not at first know whether Smith was doing a bit as part of the show, went on stage and slapped The Rock. As Smith returned to his seat, he shouted at The Rock “Keep my wife’s name out of your fucking mouth.” A few minutes later, Smith won the Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in King Richard; He did not mention the incident that happened just before. The moment went viral and received more commentary than any other from that night. Because of his aggression, the Hollywood Academy decided to ban Will Smith from all its events, including the Oscars, for 10 years.
Smith, who claims that he has given much thought to the matter over the past few months, has also apologized to Rock’s mother: “I saw an interview that Chris’s mother did, and she was about that moment. One of the things I just did was ‘Don’t know—I wasn’t thinking about how many people got hurt in that moment. So, I want to apologize to Chris’ mother, I’m Chris’ family, special I sincerely want to apologize to Tony Rock. We had a great relationship. Tony Rock was my man and it’s probably irreparable.”
“I spent the last three months playing again and understanding the nuances and complexities of that moment,” said the Men in Black star. “There’s no part of me that thinks this was the right way to behave in that moment. There’s no part of me that thinks this is the best way to handle feelings of disrespect or humiliation.”
Smith also clarified that his wife didn’t ask him to hit the rock. “I made the decision for myself, from my experiences, from my history with Chris. Jada had nothing to do with it,” he said in the video. The actor then went on to call his family for media attention because of the slap. Smith also expressed outrage to his fellow Academy Award nominees: “It’s a community. It’s like I won because you voted for me,” Smith said. “And it really breaks my heart that I stole and tarnished your moment.”
Asked what he had to say to people who admired him before slapping The Rock and was disappointed by his behavior, Smith admitted that “disappointing people is my central trauma. I hate when I’ve let people down.” Disappointed. I’m deeply sorry. And I’m trying to apologize without feeling ashamed of myself. I’m human and I’ve made a mistake. I’m trying not to think of myself as rubbish,” he said in the last part of the video I will say to those people, I know it was confusing, I know it was shocking, but I promise you I am deeply dedicated to pouring light and love and joy into the world And committed, and if you stick to it I promise you’ll be friends again,” Smith concluded.