Will Smith might have received Greatest Actor ultimately night time’s Academy Awards, however the slap is all anybody can speak about. Whereas presenting the award for Greatest Documentary Function, Chris Rock made a joke about Jada Pinkett-Smith’s shaved head (attributable to alopecia) which prompted Will Smith to cost on stage and slap Rock throughout the face. Visibly confused, Rock stated, “Will Smith simply smacked the shit out of me,” as Smith yelled for Rock to “preserve my spouse’s identify out of your f**king mouth!”
It was fairly the second, made all of the extra surreal when Will Smith was introduced because the Greatest Actor winner quickly afterwards. Whereas the actor didn’t apologize to Chris Rock on the time, he has now taken to Instagram to publically apologize to the comic, the Academy, the Williams household, and everybody else.
Violence in all of its types is toxic and damaging. My conduct ultimately night time’s Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable. Jokes at my expense are part of the job, however a joke about Jada’s medical situation was an excessive amount of for me to bear and I reacted emotionally.
I wish to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I used to be out of line and I used to be fallacious. I’m embarrassed and my actions weren’t indicative of the person I need to be. There isn’t a place for violence in a world of affection and kindness.
I’d additionally prefer to apologize to the Academy, the producers of the present, all of the attendees and everybody watching world wide. I wish to apologize to the Williams Household and my King Richard Household. I deeply remorse that my conduct has stained what has been an in any other case attractive journey for all of us.
I’m a piece in progress.
Hollywood’s response to the slap discovered some supporting the actor whereas others condemned his use of violence over a easy joke, regardless of how distasteful it could or might not have been. The Academy has launched its personal assertion, saying that it “condemns the actions of Mr. Smith ultimately night time’s present. We’ve formally began a proper evaluate across the incident and can discover additional motion and penalties in accordance with our Bylaws, Requirements of Conduct and California regulation.” It stays to be seen what repercussions Will Smith will face due to the slap, however we probably haven’t heard the final of this.