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Will Smith speaks out about Oscars slapping incident; apologizes to Chris Rock and his family

Will Smith uploaded a video addressing questions in relation to slapping Chris Rock at the 94th Academy Awards.

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08/02/2022 03:40 PM
Will Smith speaks out about Oscars slapping incident; apologizes to Chris Rock and his family
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"There is no part of me that thinks that was the right way to behave in that moment."

These were the words of Will Smith as he spoke out about slapping Chris Rock at the 94th Academy Awards in March.

The actor uploaded a video on his Instagram page wherein he addressed various questions in relation to the incident that transpired at the Oscars.


"Over the last few months, I've been doing a lot of thinking and personal work. You asked a lot of fair questions that I wanted to take some time to answer," the statement read in the introduction of his Instagram video.

One of the questions he addressed was why he did not apologize to Chris during his acceptance speech when he received the best actor trophy for his performance in the movie King Richard.

Will said, "I was fogged out by that point. It's all fuzzy. I've reached out to Chris and the message that came back is that he's not ready to talk and when he is, he will reach out. So I will say to you Chris, I apologize to you. My behavior was unacceptable and I'm here whenever you are ready to talk."

The actor also said sorry to Chris' family saying, "I wasn't thinking how many people got hurt in that moment so I want to apologize to Chris's mother. I want to apologize to Chris's family, specifically Tony Rock. We had a great relationship. Tony Rock was my man. This is probably irreparable."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Will and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith created the sitcom All of Us, the same show that Chris's brother Tony headlined from 2003 to 2007. 

Will remarked that he spent the last three months  "replaying and understanding the nuance and the complexities of what happened in that moment."

"I'm not going to try to unpack all of that right now, but I can say to all of you, there is no part of me that thinks that was the right way to behave in that moment. There's no part of me that thinks that is the optimal way to handle a feeling of disrespect or insults," he pointed out. 

In the same video, the Oscar winner was also asked: "After Jada rolled her eyes, did she tell you to do something?"

The Oscar winner stressed that Jada had nothing to do with the decision he made during that day.

"I made a choice on my own from my own experiences, from my history with Chris. Jada had nothing to do with it. I'm sorry babe and I want to say sorry to my kids and family for the hit I brought on," he remarked.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The actor also expressed his remorse over how the incident affected his fellow actors.

"To all my fellow nominees, this is like a community. I won because you voted for me and it really breaks my heart to have stolen and tarnished your moment... 'I'm sorry' really isn't sufficient," he said.

READ: Will Smith publicly apologizes to Chris Rock for slapping incident at Oscars

Will also shared a message with those who looked up to him and were disappointed about what he did.

"Disappointing people is my central trauma. I hate when I let people down so it hurts me psychologically and emotionally to know I did not live up to people's image and impression of me. And the work I am trying to do is I am deeply remorseful and I am trying to be remorseful without being ashamed of myself," he stated.

The actor highlighted that he remains committed to sharing light and love to the world.

"I'm human and I made a mistake and I am trying not to think of myself as a piece of sh*t so I would say to those people I know it was confusing, I know it was shocking but I promise you I am deeply devoted and committed to putting light, and love, and joy into the world and, you know, if you hang on I promise we will be able to be friends again," he stated.