Months after Chris Rock and Will Smith made headlines at the 94th Academy Awards for the slapgate, Will Smith apologized to the comedian in an extended Instagram video. He revealed in the video that he had reached out to Chris Rock, but the comedian isn’t ready to talk just yet. He also apologized to Chris’ family, the Academy nominees and his family. At this year’s Oscars, Chris Rock took the stage to present an award, where he made a joke about Will Smith’s wife and actor Jada Pinkett Smith in “GI Jane” because of her shaved head (she suffers from a condition which is called alopecia), which is triggered The Pursuit of Happiness actor, who slapped Chris Rock, went back to his seat and yelled, “Keep my wife’s name out of your damn mouth.” The video begins with the following text flashing on the screen: “It’s been a while… Over the past few months I’ve been thinking a lot and doing personal work. You asked a lot of honest questions and I wanted some time to answer.”
After the blow incident, Will Smith had apologized exclusively to the Academy and the nominees. A few days later, he posted a public apology on Instagram, addressed to Chris Rock, the Williams family and the Academy. Will Smith won Best Actor for his role as Richard Williams, the father of tennis stars Venus and Serena.
In the video, Will answers the question, “Why didn’t you apologize to Chris in your acceptance speech?” To this Will replied, “I was confused at the time. It was all blurry. I’ve reached out to Chris and the message that came back is that he’s not ready to talk. If he is, he’ll get in touch “So I’ll tell you, Chris. I apologize. My behavior was unacceptable and I’ll be here when you’re ready to talk.” Will Smith also apologized to Chris Rock’s mother, adding that he didn’t realize how many people he “hurted at the time”.
Looking back on the past 3 months, Will Smith said, “This is probably irreplaceable. I’ve spent the past 3 months repeating and understanding the nuances and complexities of what was happening at the time and I won’t unpack all of that now. I can say there’s no part of me that thinks it was the right way to behave at the time there’s no part of me that thinks that’s the optimal way to deal with a sense of disrespect or insults to go.”
He also stated that his wife Jada Pinkett Smith did not ask him to take the step he did at the Oscars. He clarified: “It’s like I made a choice from my own experience, from my history with Chris. Jada had nothing to do with, sorry dear, sorry to my kids and family for the heat that I put on all my ounces. ” He apologized to fellow nominees, saying: “To all my fellow nominees, this is a community, I won because you voted for me. It breaks my heart to have your moment stolen.” I know I’m sorry not is sufficient,” he added.
To all the people Will Smith disappointed, he said, “Disappointing people is my central trauma. I hate it when I disappoint people. It hurts me psychologically and emotionally to know that I didn’t live up to the image and impression people have of The work I’m trying to do…I’m deeply remorseful and I’m trying to be sorry without feeling ashamed I’m human and I’ve made a mistake and I’m trying not to see myself as a piece of shit* * * I would like to say to those people, I know it was confusing and shocking, but I promise you that I am deeply committed and committed to bringing light, love and joy into the world and you know if you persevere, we’ll be able to be friends again.”
See Will Smith’s message here:
Will Smith will not be allowed to participate in the Oscars for the next 10 years. The Academy has taken disciplinary action against the King Richard star who punched and cursed Oscar host Chris Rock for a joke he made at the expense of Will Smith’s wife Jada Pinkett.