The video clip of Hollywood star Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars 2022 had spread on social media like a wildfire. Smith was seemingly furious and stormed the Oscars stage. He had smacked comedian Chris Rock across the face for joking about his wife, in a moment at Dolby Theatre. The viewers were stunned, questioning if it had been scripted or genuine. Will Smith opened up on his infamous Oscars slap. On Friday, the 53-year-old Academy Award winner posted a video on his social media channels answering questions about slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars earlier this year.
Smith’s video comes shortly after Rock addressed the slap during his show at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel New Jersey. At Oscars 2022, Rock had cracked a joke comparing Jada Pinkett Smith’s tightly cropped hair to Demi Moore’s appearance in the film “G.I. Jane” and suggesting she appear in a sequel. Smith stepped up to Rock and slapped him, before returning to his seat alongside Jada and shouting swearwords.
For those unaware, Jada Pinkett Smith, who is also an actress, suffers from alopecia and publicly revealed her diagnosis in 2018. Smith is best known for her roles in such films and series as a Different World, The Nutty Professor, The Matrix Reloaded & Revolutions, Gotham, Girls Trip, among many others. In 2021, Jada Pinkett Smith was named as one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world.
Will Smith reflects on the incident with Chris Rock
In the video, Smith was asked why he didn’t apologize to Rock during his acceptance speech. “I was fogged out by that point,” Will Smith said. “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.”
Will Smith went on to send a message to Rock. “I will say to you, Chris, I apologize to you,” he continued. “My behavior was unacceptable and I’m here whenever you’re ready to talk.”
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