New Delhi: Hollywood star Will Smith spilled the beans about the ongoing controversy over his assault on Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscard Awards, giving his most unfiltered opinions on the incident that has tarnished his public image on social media.
Smith took to his Instagram handle and shared an emotional video explaining why he didn`t apologise to Rock after accepting the best actor award for his performance in “King Richard” shortly after he slapped the comedian for making a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith`s short haircut.
“I was fogged out by that point,” Smith said, explaining why it took so long to offer Rock an apology.
“It`s all fuzzy. I`ve reached out to Chris and the message that came back is that he`s not ready to talk. And when he is, he will reach out.”
Smith expressed his guilt for his actions, calling them “unacceptable.” The actor has stated that he reacted violently because Rock`s joke alluded to Pinkett Smith`s hair loss due to alopecia. It`s a struggle that Pinkett Smith has previously addressed publicly.
“That was one of the things about that moment. I just didn`t realize,” Smith reflects. “I wasn`t thinking but many people got hurt at that moment. So I want to apologize to Chris` mother. I want to apologize to Chris` family. Specifically, Tony Rock. We had a great relationship. You know, Tony rock was my man and this is probably irreparable.”
“I made a choice on my own, from my own experiences from my history with Chris. Jada had nothing to do [with it],” Smith said, before acknowledging the “heat” his wife and kids have taken. Smith also addresses how his actions affected his fellow nominees towards the end of the video, saying, “I won because you voted for me.”
“It really breaks my heart to have stolen and tarnished your moment,” Smith said, pointing to Questlove`s reaction, who took the Oscars stage right after the incident for winning best documentary for his project Summer of Soul.”
“Sorry isn`t really sufficient.”He takes on what he would say to folks who looked up to him prior to the Oscars event as he concludes the video. Smith says he dislikes “when I let people down” and calls disappointing people “my central trauma.”
“So it hurts. It hurts me psychologically and emotionally to know I didn`t live up to people`s image and impression of me,” he continues, adding that he`s “deeply remorseful” but trying to do so “without being ashamed” of himself.
“I`m a human and I made a mistake, and I`m trying not to think of myself as a piece of shit.”
“I would say to those people, I know it was confusing. I know it was shocking. But I promise you, I am deeply devoted and committed to putting light and love and joy into the world,”
Smith offers as his ending note.”And if you hang on, I promise we`ll be able to be friends again.”
Since the Oscars 2022 incident, in which Smith punched presenter and comedian Chris Rock on the Dolby Theatre stage after he made a G.I. Jane joke about Jada Pinkett`s baldness, Smith has apologised three times in various forms.
Smith has been banned from appearing for 10 years and has now announced his resignation from the Academy.