Will Smith Acknowledges And Apologises For Slapping Chris Rock At The 94th Academy Awards

Will Smith Acknowledges And Apologises For Slapping Chris Rock At The 94th Academy Awards

The video shows the 'Bad Boys' actor answering questions that many have asked since the incident, to which Chris Rock had made a discreet comment in his Atlanta comedy show.

The Will Smith Slapgate hasn’t left the public eye since the 94th Academy Awards and neither has it left Smith’s eyes. In an apology video posted on July 29, 2022, viewers can see the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air actor talk about how apologetic he is about the whole situation involving an insensitive joke, Will Smith, Chris Rock and a ban-worthy slap, according to CNN.


“I was fogged out by that point,” Smith says. “It's all fuzzy. I've reached out to Chris and the message that came back is that he's not ready to talk and when he is, he will reach out. So I will say to you Chris, I apologize to you. My behavior was unacceptable and I'm here whenever you are ready to talk.” He notes as he answers the first question in the video. While Chris Rock hasn’t made a direct comment about this, he was recently at a comedy show where he made a subtle comment, PEOPLE reported. 


“Everybody is trying to be a f---ing victim,” Rock said. “If everybody claims to be a victim, then nobody will hear the real victims. Even me getting smacked by Suge Smith ... I went to work the next day, I got kids.” (Rock's reference of Smith as ‘Suge Smith’ appeared to be a play on the name of currently jailed Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight.) “Anyone who says words hurt has never been punched in the face,” Rock added during the show in Atlanta.


Apart from apologizing to Chris, Smith also extended this apology towards Rock’s mother and his brother, Tony Rock who starred in a show called All of Us (2007) created by Will and Jada Pinkett Smith. People witnessing Slapgate had questions regarding Pinkett Smith’s eye roll and the slap. To which Smith clears the air saying his wife had nothing to do with his response. He also apologizes to her, their children, and his fellow Academy Award nominees in the post.


This video comes a few months after the Slapgate itself, four months after the initial apology he posted on his Instagram. Smith says he “spent the last three months replaying and understanding the nuance and the complexities of what happened in that moment.” Adding to that he said, “I'm not going to try to unpack all of that right now, but I can say to all of you, there is no part of me that thinks that was the right way to behave in that moment. There's no part of me that thinks that is the optimal way to handle a feeling of disrespect or insults.”


Smith also took this as an opportunity to reassure his fans that he is getting better, and the fact he has let them down has deeply hurt him. However, he is trying to move away from shame and instead is remorseful of what happened. “I hate when I let people down so it hurts,” Smith directs a message to his supporters, saying he's committed “to putting light and love and joy into the world.” 

“If you hang on I promise we'll be able to be friends again,” he concludes.

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