Monday, February 26

Will Smith apologizes to the Oscars and Chris Rock: “Violence in all its forms is poisonous and destructive”

Actor Will Smith has apologized to the Hollywood Academy and comedian Chris Rock for slapping him during Sunday’s Oscar gala after making a joke about the physique of Jade Pinkett, Will Smith’s actress and partner, who is suffering from of alopecia. “Violence in all its forms is poisonous and destructive. My behavior was unacceptable and inexcusable, “he assured on his Instagram profile.

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In the post, Smith has acknowledged that the jokes at his expense “are part of his job” but the joke about “Jada’s medical condition” was “too much” for him and that is why he reacted “emotionally”. “I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of place and I was wrong ”, he has written.

At the gala, Rock took the stage at the Dolby Theater to present the Oscar for best documentary and made a joke about the shaved head of Jada Pinkett-Smith, who has publicly acknowledged that she suffers from alopecia, comparing her to Lieutenant O’Neil from Ridley Scott’s movie. After Pinkett-Smith made a gesture of annoyance, her husband got up from her seat and went onstage to slap Rock in the face. “Keep my wife’s name out of your fucking mouth,” Smith yelled at him to general bewilderment.

“I am ashamed 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,” Smith wrote in his apology statement.

The protagonist of ‘King Richard’ also apologized to the Academy, the producers of the gala, the attendees and the spectators from all over the world. “I would like to apologize to the Williams family and to the ‘King Richard’ family. I deeply regret that my behavior has tarnished what has been a wonderful journey for all of us. I am a work in progress”, he concluded.

Smith’s words come hours after the Hollywood Academy has opened an investigation to study possible actions against the actor. “The Academy condemns Mr. Smith’s actions at last night’s gala. We have officially begun a formal review of the incident and will explore further actions and consequences in accordance with our statutes, standards of conduct, and California law,” he said in a statement Monday.

The punishments that the institution is considering range from the suspension of the Academy, immediate or temporary, to a reprimand, or even the withdrawal of the prize that he won on Sunday.