Will Smith has apologized for punching Chris Rock on Sunday night at the Oscars.
Will Smith surprised the Dolby Theater crowd and viewers at home when he took the stage during remarks of Rock after the comedian made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith, Smith’s wife. Rock said, Jada, I love you. ‘GI Jane 2,’ I can’t wait to see it.
Will Smith then walked across the stage and slapped Rock across the face. Once he was back in his seat, Smith yelled at Rock twice to get my wife’s name out of your (expletive) mouth. Shortly after that, Smith won the award for best actor and apologized to the Academy during his acceptance speech.
Jada Pinkett Smith has spoken publicly about her alopecia diagnosis. Also, previously Rock has joked about her.
Smith said in his Instagram post on Monday night that pranks at his expense are part of the job, but a joke about medical condition of Jada was too much for him, and he reacted emotionally.
Will Smith continued that he apologized to Chris Rock publicly. Will was out of place, and he was wrong. He was ashamed, and his actions did not indicate the man he wanted to be. There is a nonexistence of violence and brutality in a world of love and kindness. He would like to apologize to the Williams family and my King Richard family. He would also like to apologize to the Academy, the producers of the show, everyone in attendance, and everyone who watched it around the world. Smith deeply regrets that his behavior has tarnished what has been a wonderful journey for all of us.
The Academy condemned Smith’s actions on Monday, and they have officially started a formal review of the incident. They will explore further actions and consequences following our statutes, standards of conduct, and California law.
The Police Department of Los Angeles said it was aware of a slapping incident at the Oscars but said the person involved refused to file a police report.
People won’t remember Will Smith winning the Oscar this year. People will remember him as, Oh, that’s the year Will Smith slapped or punched Chris Rock with his hands open. Unfortunately, that is now completely overshadowed, and it didn’t need to happen. This moment will shadow now forever to Will Smith.
Smith ended his public apology by saying that he is in work progress.