Will Smith Apologizes to Chris Rock for Oscar Incident in an Instagram Video
As per CNN, Will Smith shared the video on Instagram on Friday, answering questions about the incident at the 2022 Oscars ceremony when he slapped Chris Rock over a joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.
In the video, Smith apologizes to Rock once more and explains why he did not apologize during his acceptance speech for best actor.
Will Smith shared the video on Instagram on Friday, answering questions about the incident at the 2022 Oscars ceremony.
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"I was fogged in at that moment," Smith admits. "Everything is hazy. I contacted Chris, and the response was that he is not yet ready to talk, but will do so when he is. So, Chris, please accept my sincere apologies. My behavior was inappropriate, and I'm available to speak with you anytime you're ready."
Will also apologizes to Rock's mother and younger brother, Tony Rock, stating their connection is "likely irreparable."
According to the actor, he has spent the last three months "replaying and understanding the intricacies and complexities of what transpired at that moment."
During the Academy Awards ceremony in March, Rock made a joke about Pinkett Smith's bald head. Pinkett Smith suffers from alopecia, an autoimmune condition that results in hair loss. Following the joke, Pinkett Smith rolled her eyes, and Smith walked up to the stage and smacked Rock before returning to his seat, demanding at Rock to "get my wife's name out of your f------ mouth!"
"I can tell to all of you: There is no part of me that believes it was the appropriate thing to do in that moment," Smith says in the video. "There's no part of me that believes that's the best approach to deal with feelings of contempt or insult."
When Rock made the remark, he was presenting the award for best documentary. Smith says he can still see Questlove's eyes when he recalls the moment Questlove won and collected the award.
Smith adds that he was apologetic for "stealing and tarnishing" all of his fellow candidates' moments that night, but that "'I'm sorry' just isn't enough."
Will says in the article that he "made a choice on my own" after his wife requested him to do something following the joke. He also addresses those who looked up to him before the slap or who voiced disappointment that he had let them down.
As per the actor, "disappointing people is my fundamental trauma," and he despises letting people down. It upsets him "psychologically and emotionally," he says, to know he didn't live up to the picture or image people have of him.
"I am deeply apologetic, and I am trying not to be ashamed of myself," Smith says. "I'm human, I made a mistake, and I'm trying not to think of myself as a jerk."
"I understand that it was confusing. I realize how shocking it was "Smith keeps going. "But I can assure you that I am deeply committed to bringing light, love, and joy into the world. And, you know, if you stick around, I swear we'll be friends again."
Smith apologized to Rock for the first time the day after the ceremony in an Instagram post. Rock's most recent remarks regarding the slap came on Sunday when he told a crowd at a comedy gig in Holmdel, New Jersey, that he wasn't a victim.
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