Will Smith said, ‘I want to apologize to the Academy. I want to apologize to all my fellow nominees
At the Oscar 2022, Will Smith slapped the host Chris Rock when he made a joke about his wife on stage. While receiving his first-ever Oscar Will Smith broke down into tears and publicly apologized to Chris.
Will Smith won the Best Actor at the 94th annual Academy Awards on Sunday.
After he slapped comedian Rock on the Oscars stage when the host made a joke about Smith’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s hair. Will Smith loses his control and walked over to Chris and smacked him in front of everyone.
In his acceptance speech, Smith was seen crying his heart out, “In this time in my life, in this moment, I am overwhelmed by what God is calling on me to do and be in this world. … I’m being called on in my life to love people and to protect people and to be a river to my people.”
“I know to do what we do you gotta be able to take abuse; you gotta be able to have people talk crazy about you. In this business, you gotta be able to have people disrespecting you, and you gotta smile and pretend like that’s okay.”
He compared himself to his King Richard character, who was a “fierce defender of his family.”
Smith then addressed the incident directly, extended his apology to the Academy and his fellow actors for the incident — but failed to mention Rock.
“I want to apologize to the Academy. I want to apologize to all my fellow nominees,” he said.
Smith then joked, “Art imitates life: I look like the crazy father. Just like they said about Richard Williams. But love will make you do crazy things.”
He later added, “Being able to love and care for my mother and my family, my wife … Thank you for this honor. Thank you for this moment. … I hope the Academy invites me back.”
On Monday, Will Smith took to his Instagram handle and extended his apology.
“Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive. My behavior at last night’s Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable,” he wrote.
Smith continued, “Jokes at my expense are a part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s medical condition was too much for me to bear and I reacted emotionally.”
“I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong. I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be,” he continued, which was the first time the Oscar winner directly apologized to the man he hit.
“There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness.”
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