In a new video, Will Smith talks about the Oscars slap and says sorry to Chris Rock.
The Oscar winner shared a new video message on Instagram on Friday. It was one of the first things he had said in public since the Oscars.
Will Smith says, “There is no part of me that thinks that was the right way to act in that moment,” when asked to explain why he slapped Chris Rock during the Oscars 2022 ceremony earlier this year.
In a new minute-long Instagram video, the King Richard actor answers a number of questions about that night. He apologises to Rock again and talks about how it affected Rock’s family, whether he was responding to Jada Pinkett’s eyeroll when he took the stage, how his actions affected the night’s other nominees and winners, and more.
Smith says that it took him so long to apologise to Rock because he was so tired at the time. “Nothing is clear. I tried to get in touch with Chris, but he told me he wasn’t ready to talk. When he’s ready, he’ll reach out.”
Smith says, “I’m here whenever you want to talk,” and then he apologises to Rock’s mother and brother, Tony Rock.
“That was one thing that happened at that time. “I just didn’t understand,” Smith says. “At the time, I wasn’t thinking about how many people were hurt. So I want to say I’m sorry to Chris’s mom. I want Chris’s family to know that I’m sorry. Tony Rock, to be exact. We got along really well. Tony Rock was my man, and I don’t think this can be fixed.”
Smith also answered a question about whether his reaction was because Jada rolled her eyes after Rock made a joke about her baldness, which many people thought might have been a sensitive subject because she has alopecia.
“I made a decision on my own, based on what I had learned from my past with Chris. “Jada had nothing to do with it,” Smith said before admitting that his wife and children have gotten a lot of “heat” for it.
At the end of the video, Smith talks about how his actions affected the other nominees. He says, “You voted for me, so I won.”
“It breaks my heart to have stolen and ruined your moment,” Smith said, pointing to Questlove’s reaction when he won best documentary for his project Summer of Soul right after the incident. “I’m sorry isn’t really enough.”
At the end of the video, he talks about what he would tell people who looked up to him before what happened at the Oscars. Smith says that letting people down is his “central trauma” and that he hates “letting people down.”
“So it’s painful. It hurts me mentally and emotionally to know that I didn’t live up to people’s expectations of me,” he says, adding that he’s “deeply sorry” but trying to feel sorry for himself “without being ashamed.” “I’m a person who made a mistake, and I’m trying not to think of myself as a piece of crap.”
“I would tell them, ‘I know it was hard to understand. I know it was a big surprise. “But I promise you, I am deeply dedicated and committed to bringing light, love, and joy into the world,” Smith says as a closing note. “If you wait, I promise we’ll be friends again,” he said.
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