Will Smith apologises for ‘unacceptable’ Oscars altercation

Mar 29, 2022
Will Smith apologises for slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars. Source: Getty Images

Actor Will Smith has taken to social media to post his public apology to comedian Chris Rock and to the Academy for his violent actions and abuse at the Oscars on Monday 28, March.

Smith slapped Rock mid-performance after he made a comment about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, starring in the next G.I Jane movie – a role that stars a bald, female lead. Pinkett Smith suffers from the hair-loss condition of alopecia.

Smith went on to win an Oscar within 20 minutes of the altercation and pointedly left Rock out of an apology he gave to the Academy and the audience. However, a day later, Smith took to social media to finally apologise to Rock for the assault, condemning all forms of violence and his own actions as “unacceptable and inexcusable”.


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Earlier on the day of the Oscars, Smith posted a short clip of him and his wife posing for photos, showcasing their Oscars fashion, with a mix of happy and aggressive facial expressions, the audio played over the clip said: “Good morning everyone, God has let me live another day and I am about to make it everyone’s problem.”


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Shortly after the altercation, will re-visited his earlier post captioned “Me ‘n @jadapinkettsmith got all dressed up to choose chaos” to leave a comment that said: “You can’t invite people from Philly or Baltimore nowhere!!”

The comment is a reference to his well-known role in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air where Smith plays the part of a rough teenager sent to live with his rich extended family in a wealthy neighborhood.

Rock is yet to publicly comment on the attack but Variety reported he will not be pressing charges.

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