Will Smith breaks the silence: “I deeply regret” Oscar slap

Updated throughout: In a just-released 5-minute, 44-second video, Will Smith breaks his silence on the “unfortunate slap heard around the world”, in which he hit Oscar presenter Chris Rock after he made fun of Smith’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith. That’s before Smith won an Oscar for Best Actor.

The apology was expected, and Smith did so in the form of an answer to questions raised on the Internet. While there was an expectation Smith might opt ​​for a high-profile TV interview for his apology with Oprah Winfrey on a late-night talk show, he chose instead to sit back and calmly answer questions on social media.

The first was directed at Rock, the professional comedian who made a joke about Pinkett Smith’s short hair, probably not knowing that she had alopecia. Asked why he didn’t apologize to Rock in his acceptance speech, Smith said:

I got in touch with Chris and the message came back that he is not ready to talk. When he is, he will reach out. I will tell you, Chris, I apologize to you. My behavior has been unacceptable and I am here whenever I am ready to talk. I want to apologize to Kris’s mom I saw an interview [she] I did, and that was one of the things I just didn’t realize. I wasn’t thinking, but how many people were injured at that moment. I want to apologize to Chris’ mother, I want to apologize to Chris’ family, specifically Tony Rock. We had a wonderful relationship. Tony Rock was my man. Perhaps this can not be fixed. I’ve spent the past three months re-presenting and understanding the nuances and complexity of what happened in that moment. I’m not going to try to unpack all of that now, but I can tell all of you, there’s no part of me that thinks that’s the right way to act in that moment. Nobody thinks this is the best way to deal with feeling disrespected or humiliated.”

Smith spoke about whether his wife made him decide to take to the stage from his front row seat, hitting a stunned Rock in the middle of presenting Questlove’s Best Documentary Award for Summer of Soul. Rock handled the matter in a stoic way as imaginable, continuing after saying, ‘Will Smith slapped the shit out of me’, while the actor sat in his seat and yelled for Rock to keep his wife’s name out of his mouth. Smith answered the question as follows:

“No. I made the choice on my own, from my own experience and history with Chris. Jada had nothing to do with it. I’m sorry, baby, and I want to say sorry to my boys and family for the heat you brought us all.”

He also apologized to the nominees whose Oscars went unnoticed, because viewers were stunned by the slap. This included Jessica Chastain, who won Best Actress, and the cast kudaWhich won Best Film.

“To all my fellow nominees, this is a community. You won because you voted for me and it’s really heartbreaking to have stolen and marred your moment. I can still see the eyes of the Questlove – it happened on the Questlove Award – and I’m sorry it’s not really enough.”

Finally, Smith finished with this:

“Two things. First, disappointing people is my central shock. I hate when I let people down, so it hurts me psychologically and emotionally because I didn’t live up to people’s image and my impression of me. The work I am trying to do is I feel very remorseful and I try to feel remorse without being ashamed of myself.” I’m human and I’ve made a mistake and I’m trying not to think of myself as a piece of crap so I’m going to say to these people, I know it was baffling, I know it was shocking, but I promise you are deeply dedicated and committed to putting light, love and joy into the world. If you hold on, I promise we will be able to We’ll be friends again.”

It will be fun to see the reaction. Many felt that despite the procedure earning him a ten-year ban from the academy, Smith had always been a man to be admired, and had had a horrific moment in the worst possible place to do so.

Apple will test the global audience’s willingness to welcome Smith back when it’s released Release in December. While the film has been reported to be delaying its release by a year – those reports were just false speculation – Apple will be leaning towards the film, especially after its other major release in the Oscar season, Kflower moonlightInstead, it will be launched at the upcoming Cannes Festival.

Release Completed, sources said it was tested several times and received very high marks. In the drama directed by Antoine Fuqua, William N. Collage, Smith plays Peter. He’s a enslaved man and the movie is ApocalyptoThrilling story about his harrowing escape to freedom through the swamps of Louisiana. When Peter reached the North, he joined the Union Army. During the physical examination, doctors were shocked when he took off his shirt and bore scars from a nearly fatal blow to his back. They took pictures and they were published in newspapers all over the world. They gave harrowing testimony to the brutality and savagery of slavery in the antebellum South. These images are so indelible that they can be considered a precedent for the publication of Emmett Till’s photos and video of the murder of George Floyd.

Smith is a movie star and producer as well, which puts him in two broad categories. Some have said that if the slap hadn’t happened, he’d be a favorite to win the Academy Awards for Best Actor. I’ve heard that too Release He is the best film director Antoine Fuqua has made since then training day. We’ll see how the movie performs, but Smith’s apology is definitely a first step in his return to the positive side of the Hollywood ledger.

Watch the video of Smith’s notes below.


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