Will Smith has been known to portray a range of characters. From comedic to emotional, from heroic to lazy characters, the actor had been a fan favorite…until the slap. The Men in Black actor issued an apology to Oscar host Chris Rock when the former actor slapped Chris Rock in front of live television for a harmless joke. Will Smith uploaded a video on his Youtube channel titled “It’s been a minute…” in which, the actor is seen apologizing.
Will Smith apologizes to Chris Rock and his mother
The video starts with Will Smith sitting down and reading the question, “Why didn’t you apologize to Chris in your acceptance speech?” to which the actor replies with the answer, “I was fogged out by that point”. The actor continued about how he tried to connect with Chris Rock after the event but the latter actor isn’t interested to communicate around now.
“I wasn’t able to realize how many people got hurt at that moment,” said Will Smith talking about Chris Rock and how his mother had done an interview that the former actor saw and he felt immediate regret for what he did.
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The backstory for Will Smith’s slap
During the Oscars hosted by Chris Rock, the comedic actor made a joke about Jada Smith, the wife of Will Smith. Referencing her hairstyle, the host told, “Excited to see you in G.I. Jane”. The reference was made because the hairstyle of G.I. Jane was the same as that of Jada Smith. At that point, the Independence Day actor ran on stage and slapped Chris Rock in front of the live audience.
Playing it off naturally, Chris Rock later continued the night as if nothing happened but it was clear that not everything was alright. The video seems to be hitting Will Smith hard since, after the Oscar controversy, the people have been pouring hate on him and his family without remorse.
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The actor also reportedly lost several acting jobs for the hate that followed and his career seems to be at an all-time low right now. Will Smith stated that his wife suffered from a disease that made her hair the way they are and that the joke was too sensitive for the actor to bear.