Will Smith has apologized months later for slapping Chris Rock on stage at the Oscars. Smith both apologized and answered questions about the incident by posting a video on his social media accounts.
It’s been four months since Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at the 94th Academy Awards. Will Smith, who won the Best Actor Oscar on the same night, then resigned from the Academy and was banned from attending Oscar ceremonies for 10 years, broke his silence and made statements on the subject.
Smith shared an Instagram video describing his actions as “unacceptable” and apologizing once again. Smith, who read and answered the questions asked of him, was asked why he did not apologize to Chris Rock in his award speech. “Everything was very blurry at that point. I reached out to Chris and the message I got was that he was not ready to talk and would contact us when he was ready.” gave the answer.
He then shared a private message to Rock and said, “So I’m going to tell you Chris, I’m sorry. My behavior was unacceptable and I’m here whenever you’re ready to talk.” said.
He also apologized to Chris Rock’s mother and the other nominees, saying, “It really breaks my heart to steal and blacken your moment. I can still see Questlove’s eyes, you know it happened at Questlove’s award. And you know… just saying ‘I’m sorry’ isn’t really enough.” made statements.
Chris Rock also spoke about the incident for the first time recently and said, “I’m not going to the hospital for a paper cut,” stating that it hurt to be slapped by Will Smith, but not the victim.
This year’s Oscar Awards Ceremony was the scene of a big scandal and was on the agenda for days. The event that marked the night was between Will Smith and Chris Rock.
Famous comedian Chris Rock made a joke about Will Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, shaved when he performed at the ceremony, and was slapped by Will Smith on stage in front of everyone minutes later.
Smith won an Oscar for best actor that same night and continued the night without apologizing for what he had done. However, as the incident made the headlines of the world press the next day, reactions to Smith began to grow rapidly, and Will Smith was eventually punished by the Academy.
After what happened, the Oscar-winning actor apologized to The Rock for the first time. The nearly six-minute video uploaded to Will Smith’s YouTube channel and Instagram page shows Smith answering curious questions about the night and the event, starting with why he didn’t apologize to Rock in his speech while accepting the award.
“Everything is blurry,” Smith says in the video. I reached out to Chris and the message came back that he wasn’t ready to talk and would contact me when he was ready. Chris, I’m sorry to you. My behavior was unacceptable, and I’m here whenever you’re ready to talk.”
After stating that Rock should apologize to his family, he continues his speech as follows: “I didn’t realize it at that moment, I wasn’t thinking about it, but more than one person was injured from what happened.” He also stated that the damage done to Rock’s friendship with his brother Tony was probably irreparable.
Smith says he’s spent the last three months replaying and understanding what happened at that moment in his head, and he disagrees with those who think what he’s doing is right.
Smith also does not neglect to answer the question about whether his wife, Jada, was involved in the slap. After the scandal, the images of the Smith couple were repeatedly reflected in the media. Smith, who laughed after Rock’s joke, slapped Rock after seeing the expression on his wife’s face.
“You know, I made a choice on my own, from my own experience, from my past with Chris,” Smith said in a statement. Jada has nothing to do with it.”
Smith apologizes, noting that the other Oscar winners in the video also ruined their nights: “It really breaks my heart to have stolen and tainted your memory. Saying ‘I’m sorry’ really isn’t enough.”
Smith’s apology video came after Rock made a joke about the incident at a live comedy event in New York last week. “Words hurt,” Rock told someone who said, “he was never punched in the face.” Emphasizing that he was not a victim, Rock said that he would not go to the hospital for a paper cut.
After the slap scandal, Smith resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and was banned for 10 years.