It’s been over four months since Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars and told him to keep Jada Pinkett Smith’s “name out [his] Screw that mouth.” The moment, dubbed “the slap in the face the world hears” by YouTube re-uploads, set the internet ablaze and led to Academy Smith being banned from the public for ten years Oscars banned. by variety.
After the incident, it seemed like everyone had something to say… except Smith himself. Rock has joked about the slap in his stand-up sets, with ET sharing a joke he made about abandonment culture and the attack: “Everyone who says hurt words has never been slapped in the face.” Smith, meanwhile, has been completely silent on the matter since posting an Instagram statement the day after the Oscars.
Now he has returned to social media with a bombastic video, addressing the many questions that were asked in the months following the slap. In the nearly six-minute clip, comedians including Kevin Hart and King Bach left comments of support, but some fans are less than impressed.
Some didn’t buy Will Smith’s latest apology to Chris Rock
In his video, which was posted to YouTube and his Instagram page, Will Smith sat down to answer the public’s questions and apologized a few more times. He started by addressing why he didn’t immediately apologize to Chris Rock as he had awarded best actor and handed him a microphone shortly after the incident. Smith explained that he was completely “fogged” at the time. He also clarified that his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, had not encouraged him to confront Rock about his joke at her expense; the bad decision was entirely his own.
Although he shared that Rock was unwilling to speak to him privately, Smith once again publicly expressed his regret and also apologized to Rock’s family, fellow candidates and his supporters whom he had let down. “I am deeply dedicated and committed to bringing light, love and joy into the world,” he concluded. “If you hold on, I promise we can be friends again.”
Although many comments on his posts are positive and indulgent, others have been skeptical. “This Will Smith apology video is painful to watch,” wrote one Twitter User. “That doesn’t look real.” Other said: “Still blaming #ChrisRock… no apologies, sorry. Guess he feels a hit in his wallet.” Still, there seems to be hope for redemption, even among those who aren’t currently fans. One person tweeted“Will Smith still has a long way to go. That is a beginning.”