It’s been four months since Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars for making a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head.
Will Smith went onstage and gave a slap in front of everyone in the audience. The video went viral on the internet of Will Smith’s behavior at the Oscars. But now finally Will Smith made an apology video for Chris Rock and his family for whatever he did at the event.
He posted this video on his YouTube Channel with the headline “It’s been a minute”, the video is 5 minutes 45 seconds long. Let’s see what Will Smith said in the video.
The video commences with a note written that it has been a few months now and he is doing a lot of thinking and personal work. The video is to address the answers to the “fair questions” asked by Chris Rock.
The first question was why he didn’t apologize to Chris at the time of his acceptance speech. To which he responded that he tried to reach out to Chris but he wasn’t ready to talk so when he will be he will reach out.
Chris says, ” I apologize to you, My behavior was unacceptable and I’m here whenever you’re ready to talk.” He continued apologizing to Chris’s mother and his family, Will said he watched an interview with his mother and at that moment he realized that he has hurt many people by his behavior at the Oscars.
Chris also specifically mentioned apology to Tony Rock as he is a good friend of his. He says,” Tony Rock was my man and this is probably irreparable.”
Further, Chris spoke about how he spent the last few months thinking about whatever happened that day and what nuances it caused. Addressing everyone out there he said, ” There is no part of me that thinks that was the right way to behave at that moment. There’s no part of me that thinks that’s the optimal way to handle a feeling of disrespect or insults.”
He also confirmed that Jada didn’t tell him to do anything, “it’s simply his own choice, his own experience, and his own history with Chris”. Jada had nothing to Do with it, he said. Also, he apologized to his own family and the nominees whose Oscar moment was stolen because of him.
He concluded his video with a message to everyone who was disappointed by his behavior. He says, ” Disappointing people is my central trauma. I hate when I let people down. So it hurts. It hurts me psychologically and emotionally to know. I didn’t live up to people’s image and impression of me. The work I’m trying to do is I’m deeply remorseful and I’m trying to be remorseful without being ashamed of myself.”