Actor Will Smith has issued a public apology to comedian Chris Rock for striking him across the face during this year’s Academy Awards.
Smith bagged the ‘Best Actor’ Oscar for his performance in the film King Richard, but that failed to get tongues wagging, as many were still gobsmacked by what will be one of the most memorable moments in the awards’ history.
It all started when Rock came out to present the Oscar for Best Documentary. Being the true comic that he is, Rock began by making some jokes, one of them being about Smith’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith.
Rock poked fun at Jada, who was sporting a bald head, and said she looked like G.I Jane – but her husband didn’t take kindly to that joke. Pinkett Smith has been quite vocal about her struggles with alopecia, a condition which leads to hair loss.
WILL SMITH’S APOLOGY TO CHRIS ROCK
With the storm having now calmed down, Will Smith has taken to Instagram to condemn violence and extended an olive branch to Chris Rock, admitting he was wrong to slap him.
In the apology, Smith says Rock’s joke about Pinkett Smith’s Alopecia went a bit too far for him.
“Jokes at my expense are a part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s medical condition was too much for me to bear and I reacted emotionally. I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong. I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness.”
Hollywood seems to be divided in its response to the incident, with actress and comedienne Tiffany Haddish expressing her support for Smith. While others, like Mia Farrow, don’t quite agree.
“What i saw was one of Hollywood’s most powerful movie stars,stalk onto a stage to strike a comedian for an unfortunate joke about his (gorgeous) wife’s shaved head. Anyone who is ok with that has probably never been hit by a powerful man,” she said.