Will Smith addresses Oscars slap?! Well… you heard it here… and probably everywhere else around the internet.
It’s been four months since the infamous incident between the 53-year-old and fellow actor-comedian Chris Rock. However, the controversy surrounding it has yet to fizzle out.
If you didn’t know, Rock cracked a distasteful joke about Smith’s wife’s, Jada Pinkett-Smith, buzz cut, during this year’s Oscars ceremony, comparing it to Demi Moore’s hairstyle in the 1997 film G.I. Jane.
Due to Pinkett-Smith’s alopecia diagnosis, which is a hair-loss disease that arises when the immune system attacks the scalp’s follicles, she and her husband took major offense to it. The insult ultimately led Smith to walk up on the award-show stage and smack Rock on live television.
Following the shocking altercation, Smith received a ten-year ban from all Academy events, and some of his latest movie projects were said to have been put on hold because of it.
Subsequent to what happened, the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air legend released a statement from his Instagram account.
“Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive. My behavior at last night’s Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable,” he said in the post. “Jokes at my expense are a part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s medical condition was too much for me to bear and I reacted emotionally.”
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Since everything went down, Chris Rock has made several comedic comments about that night. Recently, it was even reported that he spoke about it while performing at a comedy show in New Jersey.
“I’m not a victim, motherfcker,” Rock allegedly said. “Yeah, that sht hurt, motherfcker, but I shook that sht off and went to work the next day. I don’t go to the hospital for a paper cut.”
Although Rock doesn’t seem too bothered by it, we can’t say the same for his brother, Tony, nor his mother, Rose, who both shared their thoughts on the situation previously.
Tony Rock’s response:
Rose Rock’s response:
Buttt… even through the wrongness, Will Smith is doing everything in his power to make it right.
In a recent video uploaded to his social media, the King Richard star issued apologies to The Rocks as well as everyone else affected by his actions toward the New York native.
The emotional, five-minute clip shows Smith sitting down in front of the camera to answer everyone’s dire questions about the ordeal as well as open up about his feelings regarding it.
On why he didn’t apologize to Chris Rock in his acceptance speech at the Academy Awards:
“I was fogged out by that point. It’s all fuzzy. I’ve reached out to Chris, and the message that came back is that he’s not ready to talk. When he is, he will reach out. So, I will say to you, Chris, I apologize to you. My behavior was unacceptable.”
On if Jada Pinkett-Smith instructed him to slap Rock:
“No. It’s like, you know, I made a choice on my own, from my own experiences, from my history with Chris. Jada had nothing to do with it. I’m sorry, babe. I wanna say sorry to my kids and my family for the heat that I brought on all of us.”
On letting the people down who looked up to him:
Disappointing people is my central trauma. I hate when I let people down. So, it hurts me psychologically and emotionally to know I didn’t live up to people’s image impression of me. And the work I’m trying to do is, I am deeply remorseful, and I’m trying to be remorseful without being ashamed of myself. I’m human, and I made a mistake, and I’m trying not to think of myself as a piece of sh*t.”
Will Smith Addresses Oscars Slap in an Emotional Apology Video to Chris Rock
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Chris Rock has yet to reply publicly to Smith’s latest apology.
We’re hoping that the two will find a common ground soon.
What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments below!
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