A lot happened last night at the 94th Academy Awards, from both of Zack Snyder’s 2021 movies, Zack Snyder’s Justice League and Army of the Dead, being honored in the fan-voted categories, to the James Bond franchise scoring a 60th anniversary tribute. However, the moment that’s been generating the most conversation is when Will Smith went onstage to slap Chris Rock after the comedian made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s appearance. Nearly 24 hours after that happened, Smith has formally apologized to Rock for the incident.
Although Will Smith apologized onstage to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences later during the ceremony when he accepted the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in King Richard, he didn’t mention Chris Rock during the speech. A day later though, the Men in Black actor shared an Instagram post where he said he was sorry to the SNL alum. In his words:
Will Smith started his statement saying that “violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive,” and described his behavior as “unacceptable and inexcusable.” Smith slapped Chris Rock after the comedian made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith starring in G.I. Jane 2, referring to her being bald, which is a result of having alopecia. Smith admitted that a joke being made about her wife’s medical condition was “too much” for him to bear, and he “reacted emotionally.”
More to come…