He might have been a few months late, but at least he made it. Will Smith has returned to social media – and has apologized to Chris Rock. The actor has not posted himself online since March after beating Chris Rock onstage at the Oscars after the comedian made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith during the ceremony. Smith won the Best Actor award for his role in King Richard, but was later banned from attending the awards shows for 10 years. Here’s what you need to know.
In a new video shared to Instagram, the actor says he’s been “doing a lot of thinking and personal work.” He begins by apologizing to Rock, saying, “I reached out to Chris and the message that came back is that he’s not ready to speak and when he is he will get in touch. So I’m going to tell you, Chris, I apologize to you. My behavior was unacceptable and I’m here whenever you’re ready to talk.”
Will Smith finally officially apologizes for the slap in the face
The actor also apologizes to Chris Rock’s mother, adding: “I saw an interview his mother did. That’s one of the things about that moment that I didn’t realize, I didn’t think about, but how many people got hurt in that moment.
“So I want to apologize to Chris’ mother; I want to apologize to Chris’ family, especially Tony Rock [Chris’s younger brother]. We had a great relationship. Tony Rock was my man. It’s probably irreparable.”
“And I’m not going to try to unpack all of that now, but I can tell you all that there’s no part of me that thinks that was the right way to behave at that moment. No part of me thinks this is the optimal way to deal with a feeling of disrespect or insult.”
The incident at the Oscars led to widespread criticism of Smith. So far, Chris Rock himself has not commented on the matter, but he said he was reluctant to discuss the slap unless the price was right, if you get what we mean.
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