Will Smith, who slapped comedian Chris Rock at the Oscars, apologized and said his behavior was “unacceptable and inexcusable”.
The Oscar award ceremony held on Sunday night was marked by Will Smith’s slap of the host Chris Rock. Everyone was shocked after the incident, which was initially thought to be a joke but turned out to be real after Will Smith yelled and cursed at Chris Rock.
Shortly after the event, it was announced that Will Smith won the Best Actor Oscar, and the actor who took the stage to receive the award apologized to the Academy and the guests at the ceremony in a tearful speech, but never mentioned Chris Rock. You can read the details of the event by clicking here.
After 24 hours, Will Smith also apologized to Chris Rock with a post on his Instagram account and stated that his behavior was “unacceptable and unforgivable”.
Here is Will Smith’s full statement:
“All forms of violence are poisonous and destructive. My behavior at the Academy Awards last night was unacceptable and unforgivable. Jokes are part of it, even if it hurts or upsets me, but a joke about Jada’s medical condition was just too much for me and I reacted emotionally.
I want to apologize to you in front of everyone, Chris. I crossed the line and I was wrong. I was embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I wanted to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness.
I would also like to apologize to the Academy, the producers of the ceremony, all the participants, and everyone watching from around the world. I want to apologize to the Williams Family and the King Richard family. I am so sorry that my behavior has tarnished an otherwise wonderful journey for all of us.”