Friday, July 29, 2022, Will Smith posted a new video on YouTube. Four months after Chris Rock was slapped at the Oscars, the actor publicly apologized.
His movement went around the world… Sunday March 27, 2022, during the Oscars ceremony, Chris Rock made a bad joke about the shaved head of Jada Pinkett Smith, who suffers from alopecia. Upset, Will Smith released: “Keep my wife’s name out of your mouth!“, before slapping the comedian on stage. Friday, July 29, 2022, the actor publicly apologized. In a video posted on YouTube, these few lines appeared on the screen: “It’s been a while… Over the past few months, I’ve been thinking a lot and I’ve made myself… You ask a lot of legitimate questions that I want to take the time to answer.“
When asked why he didn’t apologize to Chris Rock during his acceptance speech at the Oscars, Will Smith said on camera: “Everything is confusing. I tried to get in touch with Chris and the message that came back to me is that he is not ready to talk, and he will get back to me when he is. So let me tell you, Chris, I’m sorry. My behavior is unacceptable and I am ready if you want to talk to me.“After apologizing to the comedian’s mother, he said, “I’ve spent the last three months replaying that moment in my head, trying to understand the nuances, and the intricacies of what happened in that moment. (…) But even so, I can tell you that nothing in me considers it necessary to act like this at this precise moment.“
Will Smith: ‘I’m trying to convince myself I’m not just a pile of shit’
During this video, the actor also assured that his wife did not tell him to stand up and slap Chris Rock. “This is my choice, based on my own experiences and history with Chris. Jada had nothing to do with it.“Knowing that this move scared a lot of people, Will Smith said:”Disappointing people is traumatic. I don’t want to let people down. So, it hurt me psychologically and emotionally (…) I am sorry and I am trying to be sorry without being ashamed of myself. I am a person. I was wrong and I’m trying to convince myself that I’m not just a random person.“
Saturday July 23, in a humorous tone, during his show at Madison Square Garden in New York Chris Rock discussed the slap case. “People who say hurtful words never get a slap in the face from Will Smith. I am not a victim. But hell, it hurts! Then I took that shit out of my head and went to work the next day. We don’t go to the hospital because we cut ourselves with paper“, he confessed. On March 29, 2022, Will Smith apologized to him. On Instagram, he wrote: “I want to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of place and I made a mistake. I was shy and my actions were not indicative of the man I wanted. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness.“