Will Smith Admits Being A Work In Progress In Apology To Chris Rock
On March 29, Smith took to Instagram to share a public apology, finally addressing Rock directly, but choosing to restrict comments on the post.
“Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive. 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,” Smith wrote in his apology.
“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.
“I would also like to apologize to the Academy, the producers of the show, all the attendees and everyone watching around the world. I would like to apologize to the Williams Family and my King Richard Family. I deeply regret that my behavior has stained what has been an otherwise gorgeous journey for all of us.”
Pinkett also took to Instagram today (March 29), sharing: “There is a season for healing and I’m here for it”.
Why Did Will Smith Snap At The Oscars 2022?
If you’ve stayed away from the Internet for a few days, let us recap it for you: award presenter Rock made a joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett, saying that she will star in GI Jane 2, seemingly a reference to her shaved head.
Pinkett, who has alopecia and has spoken quite openly about it, didn’t seem to appreciate the joke, giving Rock a very eloquent eye roll. But Smith took things further, taking to the stage to slap a blindsided Rock.
“Will Smith just smacked the sh*t out of me,” a bewildered Rock said as Smith yelled at him from his front-row seat, urging him to keep his wife’s name “out of your f**king mouth”. Rock continued his bit and the night seemingly resumed as normal, whilst social media were booming with live commentary once it was clear that no, that was not scripted.
Smith went on to win an award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal of Richard Williams, Venus and Serena Williams’ father, in ‘King Richard’. In his teary acceptance speech, Smith also apologized to the Academy and his fellow nominees for his behavior, but didn’t include Rock.
“Art imitates life. I look like the crazy father, just like they said about Richard Williams. But love will make you do crazy things,” Smith said.
“I want to be an ambassador of that kind of love and care and concern. I want to apologize to the Academy, I want to apologize to all my fellow nominees. This is a beautiful moment and I’m not crying for winning an award, it’s not about winning an award for me.
“It’s about being able to shine a light on all of the people [his cast and crew] of King Richard, Venus and Serena, the entire Williams family.”
The Academy shared a tweet on the night, stating they do not condone violence and has launched a formal review of the incident. Rock decided not to press charges.