Read Will Smith's Statement Following Chris Rock Slap at the Oscars
Will Smith is sorry for slapping Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars. You could be forgiven for being surprised, given the man did, after all, attend The Vanity Fair after party following the ceremony where he won Best Actor. He walked the red carpet and posed with his family for portraits. Plus, he got down to "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It" with a cadre of other attendees. Just check out these photos.
But as the Internet has not quieted in the hours since his altercation with Rock, which came after Rock made an inappropriate joke at the expense of Jada Pinkett-Smith while presenting the award for Best Documentary. (Rock said he can't wait to see the newly bald Pinkett-Smith in G.I. Jane 2; the actress has previously shared her struggle with alopecia.)
"Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive," Smith's apology, which the actor posted to his Instagram, begins. "My behavior at last night’s Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable. 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."
The notes continues, addressing Rock directly: "I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong. I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness." After, he apologizes to the Academy, which is reportedly conducting a formal review of his conduct, the broadcast producers, the Williams Family, and the King Richard team.
It concludes with a simple sign-off. "I am a work in progress." Smith's full post is embedded below.
From: Esquire US