Will Smith issues new apology for slap Chris Rock: “I’m so remorseful.”

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Finally, some of the answers to the slap have been heard around the world.

On Friday morning, Will Smith released a video answering questions about slapping Chris Rock during the Oscars. The incident tarnished Smith’s image of Hollywood’s golden boy (perhaps forever), led to his being banned from the Academy for a decade, and sparked a serious conversation about the role, if any, violence plays in public outrage.

“Disappointing people is my central shock,” Smith said, facing the camera. “I hate when I let people down. It hurts.”

In the nearly six-minute YouTube video, Smith addressed the frequently asked questions he received after the accident. Did his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, tell him to do it? no. Why didn’t he apologize to Rock during his acceptance speech moments later? It was “blurry”.

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During the Academy Awards, Rock took the stage to present the winner for the feature-length documentaries category, but he started with a joke. Targeting Jada Pinkett Smith’s closely cropped head, which may have been the result of her struggle with hair loss, he said, “Jada, I love you. GI Jane 2, can’t wait to see her.” Smith then walked up to the podium, hitting Rock in the face before returning to his seat where he repeatedly shouted, “Keep my wife’s name out of your mouth.”

Smith offered an apology on social media shortly after the event, but Rock remained largely silent, though he briefly touched on the matter during a stand-up set in March: “I had like an entire show I wrote before the weekend,” according to a reporter. The Washington Post in attendance. “And I’m still sort of processing what happened. At some point, I’ll talk about it.” (A representative of Rock could not be reached for comment.)

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The video was a series of apologies – to Rock, to Pinkett Smith, to his family, to the Academy, to Questloff, to his fans, even to Rock’s mother who said during an interview with an NBC affiliate, “When [Smith] Slap Chris, slap us all. He really slapped me.”

There were several moments when Smith seemed to be holding back from tears, including when he recalled a look in the eyes of red “Questlove” Thompson, who won Best Documentary for “Summer of Soul (…or, When Revolution Couldn’t Be”). be televised)” shortly after the accident. It was Thomson’s first academic award.

Smith paused a moment only to think of his words: “I’m sorry it’s not really enough.”

He told his audience, let down by his actions, “I know it was baffling. I know it was shocking. But I promise you, I’m loyal and deeply committed to bringing light, love and joy to the world. And you know, if I stick around, I promise we’ll be able to be friends again.”

Smith also said he’s committed to working on himself—he tries to be “repentant without being ashamed. Right? I’m human. And I’ve made a mistake trying not to think of myself as a piece of…”

But according to Smith, Rock is still not ready to apologize in person.

“I’ve reached out to Chris and the message that came back is that he’s not ready to talk, and when he’s going to get in touch with him,” Smith said. “So I’m going to tell you, Chris, I apologize to you. My behavior was unacceptable, and I’m here whenever I’m ready to speak.”

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