Will Smith Posts Emotional Apology Video for Oscars Slap, Says Chris Rock Is ‘Not Ready’ to Speak With Him
Will Smith has spoken out about the ongoing issue following the assault he committed on Chris Rock at the 2019 Academy Awards, giving his most unfiltered opinions on the incident that has damaged his reputation. In a tearful YouTube video, Smith explained why he didn’t apologize to Rock after charging the stage and slapping the comedian for making a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s short hair and soon before accepting the best actor award for his role in “King Richard.”
Smith remarks, “It’s all foggy.” “I reached out to Chris, and the response I received said that when he is ready to chat, he will call out.”
Smith expressed his regret for his acts once more and described them as “unacceptable.” Rock’s joke, the actor claims, made reference to the hair loss that Pinkett Smith has as a result of her alopecia. Pinkett Smith has previously spoken up in public about this difficulty.
In the video, Smith, who occasionally sighs heavily and appears to be holding back tears, adds,
“There is no part of me that thinks it was the correct thing to behave in that moment.” There is no part of me that believes that is the best response to being disrespected or insulted.
Smith also responded to inquiries about whether Pinkett Smith had inspired him to charge the stage after being caught on camera rolling her eyes at Rock’s joke comparing her buzzcut to the one Demi Moore wears in “G.I. Jane.” The actor said that his wife made no comments that inspired him to attack Rock.
According to Smith, “I made a decision on my own, based on my own experiences, and from my history with Chris.” “Jada was unrelated to it. I apologize, baby. I want to apologize to my family and kids for the stress I put them and me all through.
The Rock slap controversy was expected to be discussed in-depth in a sit-down interview with a prominent journalist like Oprah Winfrey, but Smith has chosen to speak to his followers directly on social media instead. Smith has kept a quiet profile after resigning from the Oscar-producing organization’s Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and issuing statements of apology following the slap.
Rock just broke his silence on July 24 during a stand-up performance in New Jersey. Rock jokingly said, via US Weekly, “Anyone who believes words hurt has never been hit in the face.” He continued by denying that he was a “victim,” adding ironically, “Yeah, that sh-t hurt, motherf-ker. But the following day, I got up and went to work. For a papercut, I don’t go to the hospital.
On Oscar night, Smith attacked Rock just as Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, the director of “Summer of Soul,” was about to receive the best documentary award. Thompson’s appearance at the podium was overshadowed by the stunned reaction to the incident.
Smith says in the video, “To all my fellow nominees, you know, this is a community, it’s like I won because you voted for me. And I’m very sorry for having taken advantage of you and ruined your moment. Still, I can make out Questlove’s eyes. Well, it occurred during Questlove’s award ceremony. And ‘I’m sorry’ is just insufficient, you know?
Smith ended the video by promising to grow from his mistakes.
He admits, “I know it was perplexing and I know it was upsetting.” But I can assure you that I am utterly committed to bringing happiness, love, and light into the world. And, you know, I swear we’ll be able to be friends again if you hold on.