The actor shared a text on Instagram.
24 hours after the slap that rocked the 94th Academy Awards, Will Smith came out of the silence. In a text shared on his Instagram account, the actor crowned Sunday for his role in The Williams Method apologize to Chris Rock, as well as to the Academy, the Williams family and the entire film crew.
“Violence in all its forms is toxic and destructive. My behavior yesterday at the Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable. Being the butt of jokes is part of my job, but a joke about Jada’s condition was too much for me to bear and I reacted emotionally. I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I overstepped the bounds and I was wrong. I’m ashamed, and my reaction doesn’t reflect the man I want to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness.
I would also like to apologize to the Academy, the producers of the show, all the participants and everyone who watched it in the world. I would like to apologize to the Williams family and my family at The Williams Method. I deeply regret that my behavior has tainted what has been an otherwise magnificent journey for all of us.
I still have to improve.
While images of Will Smith dancing, in all relaxation and on his own hits, during his Oscars evening circulated yesterday on the internet, this speech was expected. Will it be enough to close the case? The Academy said it had opened an investigation which could lead to a sanction, but the actor is unlikely to see his Oscar stripped. precise variety.
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Meanwhile, Richard Williams, the father of Venus and Serena Williams, whom Will Smith plays in the film, also issued a press release condemning the actor’s attitude (“We don’t condone someone hitting someone in the film). ‘other”). During his speech, Will Smith compared himself to Williams in an attempt to justify his reaction to Chris Rock’s bad joke, a “fierce defender of his family“.