Will Smith stole the Oscar headlines yesterday. Not because of his first Oscar win, but for his slap across Chris Rock’s face. The comedian made an off-script joke about Jada Pinkett-Smith’s hair, referring to her as “G.I. Jane.”
Smith opened his acceptance speech saying “Art imitates life,”
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 got to be able to take abuse. You got to be able to have people talk crazy about you. In this business, you got to be able to have people disrespecting you. And you got to smile, you got to pretend like that’s okay.
— #Catchthetea (@catchtheteaTV) March 28, 2022
Smith took to his IG to express another apology stating;
Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive. My behavior at last night’s Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable. 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.
He addressed Chris saying;
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. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness.
I would also like to apologize to the Academy, the producers of the show, all the attendees and everyone watching around the world. I would like to apologize to the Williams Family and my King Richard Family. I deeply regret that my behavior has stained what has been an otherwise gorgeous journey for all of us.
I am a work in progress.
The Academy sent a response, an investigation is on the way.