Will Smith has spoken out about the ongoing issue following the assault he committed on Chris Rock at the 2019 Academy Awards, giving his most unfiltered opinions on the incident that has damaged his reputation. In a tearful YouTube video, Smith explained why he didn’t apologise to Rock after charging the stage and slapping the comedian for making a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s short hair and soon before accepting the best actor award for his role in “King Richard.”
Following Will Smith’s slap on Chris Rock when the comedian was on stage presenting an award at the 94th Academy Awards, Hollywood and social media users were divided, with many siding with Rock, the alleged victim. The “In Living Color” actor, however, reportedly informed the crowd recently, “I’m not a victim,” in his most pointed comment to the March 2022 event yet.
The veteran comic addressed the now-famous “slap heard around the world” in multiple comedy events in the New York-New Jersey region, most notably at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey, last weekend. The veteran comic is presently touring the nation with his friend Kevin Hart.
According to an unnamed insider who talked to US Magazine after the show, Rock allegedly said during the phone and smart device-free event, “Anyone who believes words hurt has never been hit in the face.” According to the eyewitness, Rock called the Academy Award winner “Suge Smith,” possibly in reference to the imprisoned former CEO of Death Row Records Suge Knight.
Later, the “Spiral” star said, “I’m not a victim,” in a comedy about people who are overly sensitive and play the victim. Yes, that hurt, motherf-cker, he continued. But the next day, I brushed that crap aside and reported for duty. I avoid going to the hospital when I have a paper cut.
One Twitter user responded to a post about Rock’s remarks by commenting, “Exactly, who gives a F if someone slaps you, get over it and go on,” indicating that many detractors wanted to move over the event that occurred five months ago. “@chrisrock took it like a boss,” they continued. Congrats, Chris.
He only stated that he has moved on and doesn’t care about the slap any longer. Another guy said, “Same thing the media and all of us should do.
The Oscar winner later apologized for his behaviour and resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in the weeks following his yell at Rock to “keep my wife’s name out of your f-cking mouth.” He was also given a ten-year ban from participating in any live or recorded Oscars-related event.
Will Smith’s full apology to Chris Rock:
“At that time, I had lost my vision. Everything seems hazy. After contacting Chris, I received a reply saying that he wasn’t ready to speak. He will extend his hand when he is. I’ll tell you, Chris, that I’m sorry. I apologise for my behaviour, and I’m available whenever you want to discuss. I should say sorry to Chris’s mother. That was one of the things I simply wasn’t aware of until I watched an interview [she] conducted. My only thought at the time was how many people had been injured.
I want to apologise to Tony Rock as well as to Chris’s mother and the rest of Chris’s family. We got along really well. My man was Tony Rock. It’s likely beyond repair. I’ve spent the last three months repeating that incident in order to comprehend its intricacy and nuances. There is no part of me that believes that was the appropriate course of action to take at that particular time, but I won’t try to dissect everything right now. There is no part of me that believes that is the best response to feeling disrespected or insulted.
The Rock slap controversy was expected to be discussed in-depth in a sit-down interview with a prominent journalist like Oprah Winfrey, but Smith has chosen to speak to his followers directly on social media instead. Smith has kept a low profile despite leaving the Oscar-giving organisation, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, after the incident and offering professions of apology.