Will Smith recently came out of his silent repose after four months of maintaining a fairly low profile to officially apologize to Chris Rock and his family. He also address various questions that had been put before him in the aftermath of the 94th Academy Awards controversy. Chris Rock has also responded to Smith’s video in his own subtly hilarious manner, making the most specific reference to date to the worldwide spectacle.
A throwback to Will Smith’s infamous Oscar moment
Will Smith recently took to YouTube to share a 5-minute apology video titled ‘It’s been a minute…’ where he answered several of fans’ questions and allegations, ranging from why he didn’t apologize to or mention Chris Rock in his Oscar acceptance speech, to whether it was Jada Smith who instigated him to assault Rock. Stand-up comedian Chris Rock had made an innocent joke about Jada Smith’s baldness, that he didn’t know was an effect of Mrs. Smith’s struggle with alopecia, referencing Demi Moore’s bald look in G.I. Jane. Jada Smith was then caught on camera rolling her eyes, following which Will Smith walked up to the stage and slapped Chris Rock. Smith then returned to his seat and yelled, “Keep my wife’s name out your f*cking mouth!”
Will Smith’s formal apology to Chris Rock and the world
In the apology video, Will Smith shared his thoughts about the entire fiasco,
“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.” He further added, “That was one of the things about that moment. I just didn’t realize. I wasn’t thinking but many people got hurt in that moment. So I want to apologize to Chris’ mother. I want to apologize to Chris’ family. Specifically, Tony Rock. We had a great relationship. You know, Tony rock was my man and this is probably irreparable.”
Will Smith even apologized to his family for having to face rigorous public scrutiny because of his actions, while also absolving Jada of any accountability, claiming, “I made a choice on my own, from my own experiences from my history with Chris. Jada had nothing to do [with it].”
Lastly, he expressed pure lamentation saying:
“It hurts me psychologically and emotionally to know I didn’t live up to people`s image and impression of me… I’m a human and I made a mistake, and I’m trying not to think of myself as a piece of shit… 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 as the last chance to redeem himself, Will Smith concluded the video by saying, “And if you hang on, I promise we`ll be able to be friends again.”
Watch Will Smith’s apology video here:
Chris Rock on the “slap heard around the world”
Chris Rock is currently on the ‘Rock Hart Only Headliners Allowed’ tour with Kevin Hart, and during one of his recent shows at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, he joked about the Oscar debacle and addressed Will Smith’s video, as reported by Deadline.
Rock commented about Will Smith acting piteous in his YouTube stint, “Everybody is trying to be a f**ing victim… If everybody claims to be a victim, then nobody will hear the real victims. Even me getting smacked by Suge Smith … I went to work the next day, I got kids.” Here, “Suge” references Suge Knight, the founder and former CEO of the west coast label Death Row Record, who is currently imprisoned and is famous for his temper and aggression.
During another set at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey, Chris Rock again referenced the slap, according to Variety. He said, “Anyone who says words hurt has never been punched in the face…I’m not a victim. Yeah, that shit hurt, motherf***er. But I shook that shit off and went to work the next day. I don’t go to the hospital for a paper cut.”
At yet another earlier show in May at the Royal Albert Hall in London, Chris Rock had cracked a subtle joke saying, “I’m okay, if anybody is wondering. Got most of my hearing back.”
Will Smith after causing one of the most infamous Oscars moments in history, resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He was also barred from attending any Academy event for the next 10 years by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.