If you thought we’d heard the last of the Will Smith slap saga, you thought wrong. The actor recently took to his official social media handles to publish a new video addressing his now infamous slapping of colleague Chris Rock which occurred at the 2022 Oscars.
Among many of the pressing questions around the internet Will Smith addresses in the video includes whether or not his wife Jada Pinkett-Smith had anything to do with his impulsive decision to climb on stage and assault Chris Rock. An allegation the actor denied.
About whether or not he and Rock has had a chance to sit and talk about the incident, Smith said:
“I reached out to Chris, and the message that came back is he’s not ready to talk but when he is, he will reach out. I will say to you, Chris, I apologize to you. my behavior was unacceptable, and I’m here whenever you’re ready to talk. That was one of the things about that moment that I didn’t realize. I wasn’t thinking about how many people got hurt in that moment. I want to apologize to Chris’ mother, to Chris’ family, especially his brother Tony Rock. This is probably irreparable.
“Disappointing people is my central trauma. I hate when I let people down, so it hurts psychologically and emotionally to know that I didn’t live up to people’s image and impression of me. The work I’m trying to do is I am deeply remorseful, and I’m trying to be remorseful without being ashamed of myself. I’m simply a human who made a mistake and I’m trying not to think of myself as a piece of shit. I know it was confusing. I know it was shocking, but I promise you I am deeply devoted to putting light and love and joy into the world.”
Whether Will Smith’s video apology is enough to make everything right again remains to be seen. While this is a step in the right direction, I believe the real work begins whenever he and Chris Rock finally get the chance to have that talk and tackle the elephant in the room.