Will Smith posted a video apologizing to Chris Rock for the whole thing that has somehow become embedded in social media’s collective memory: the Oscar slap. Smith addressed why he accepted the best actor award for his work in ‘King Richard’ after charging the stage and slapping a comic for mocking his wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s short haircut. Didn’t apologize.
“There’s no part of me that thinks that was the right way to behave in that moment,” said an emotional Smith. “There’s no part of me that thinks that’s the best way to handle feeling disrespected or insulted.” He also talked about how Jada never encouraged him to charge The Rock, and also said that The Rock isn’t ready to talk to him at this point.
However, Twitter users had one question: Has The Rock ever apologized to Jada Pinkett Smith for making a joke that referred to her hair loss due to alopecia?
Did Jada Forgive Chris Rock? just wondering. https://t.co/6RpHocpQyp
— Junita Elzi (@nettaaaaa) 29 July 2022
Will Smith is being forced to apologize to Chris Rock, while the idea of Chris Rock apologizing to Jada will get you laughed out of most rooms.
Humanity is funny lol
— Claude de Bussy (@angryblkhoemo) 29 July 2022
Watching the video of Will Smith apologizing for this situation and I’ll be very honest with you, he’s a better person than me because Chris Rock won’t get a single apology. To this day, has Chris apologized for the nasty “jokes” he made about Jada that night and before?
– Manny | #TCMSHOW (@THECLASSICMAN) 29 July 2022
So Chris can harass Jada for years and once Will, not Jada, retaliates she doesn’t deserve forgiveness? All of you hell
— Clint Butowsky (@Eleyein) 29 July 2022
Still waiting for Chris Rock to apologize to Jada. I’m not holding my breath.
— Sons of Killmonger (@2Strong2Silence) 30 July 2022
Will Smith has previously apologized for slapping Chris Rock. After the incident, Will Smith publicly apologized to The Rock, saying his behavior was “unacceptable”. Will penned a lengthy note on Instagram in which he apologized to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. His post read, “Violence in all its forms is toxic and destructive. My behavior at last night’s Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable.
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