Will Smith finally opened up about the “slap heard around the world” a few hours back as he offered heartfelt apologies for his behavior on the film industry’s biggest night. However, this was not done through a high-profile media appearance but through a YouTube video posted on his own channel. In the video, Smith stated that he is “deeply remorseful” for what he did.
At the 94th Academy Awards held on March 27, 2022, attendees and audiences witnessed an unexpected performance. Taking the stage to present the Oscar for Best Documentary, Chris Rock decided to make a few “G. I. Jane” jokes about Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved scalp. However, this did not sit well with Smith, who stood up from his front row seat to run on stage and strike Rock with visible force. Later in the ceremony, Smith became just the fifth black man to win the Best Actor prize for his role in ‘King Richard.’
Many people raised questions as to why Smith did not apologize to Rock during his acceptance speech. He did address this in the latest video, stating that he was “in a fog” at the moment. However, while Smith claims to have reached out to his colleague about the heated event, Chris Rock isn’t ready to talk yet. Will Smith called his behavior “unacceptable” and apologized to Rock’s parents, calling Tony Rock “his man” and mentioning their strong relationship.
Smith also confirmed that his wife had no part in his regrettable actions. He went on to apologize to her and his children for the criticism he had brought upon them. In a gesture of consideration, Smith also apologized to the other winners and nominees who were outshone by his actions. He commented that letting people down was exceptionally difficult for him, and he was determined to put “love, light, and joy” back into the world.