Will Smith Posted New Video “Deeply Remorseful” For Oscar Slap
Will Smith posted a recent video addressing how remorseful he is for slapping Chris Rock during the Oscars. It started with the words, "It's been a minute."
Here’s what he had to say:
“Over the last few months, I've been doing a lot of thinking and personal work...," the statement reads. "You asked a lot of fair questions that I wanted to take some time to answer."
Then he addresses why he didn't apologize to Rock during his Oscars acceptance speech:
“I was fogged out by that point," Smith says. "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. So I will say to you Chris, I apologize to you. My behavior was unacceptable and I'm here whenever you are ready
"I'm not going to try to unpack all of that right now, but I can say to all of you, there is no part of me that thinks that was the right way to behave in that moment," he says. "There's no part of me that thinks that is the optimal way to handle a feeling of disrespect or insults."
"'After Jada rolled her eyes did she tell you to do something?' No. I made a choice on my own from my own experiences, from my history with Chris," he said. Jada had nothing to do with it. I'm sorry, babe. Sorry to my kids and my family for the heat that I brought on all of us."
To his fellow nominees, he said, "It really breaks my heart to have stolen and tarnished your moment. I can still Questlove's eyes. It happened [during] Questlove's [win for Best Documentary]. I'm sorry really isn't sufficient."
Disappointing people is my central trauma," “I hate when I let people down so it hurts."
"The work I'm trying to do is I am deeply remorseful — and I'm trying to be remorseful without being ashamed of myself. Alright? I'm human and I made a mistake and I'm trying not to think of myself as a piece of s***."
“I know it was confusing," he said. "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. If you hang on, I promise we'll be able to be friends again."