Chris Rock case: are Will Smith’s apologies enough?

Will Smith should have scored that 94e Oscar ceremony for winning the award for best actor in the film “The Williams Method”. But the image that the whole world will keep of this evening is undoubtedly his act of violence against Chris Rock. This Sunday, March 27, while he was on stage to present the prize for best documentary, the comedian made a joke about the shaved head of Jada Pinkett Smith, the wife of Will Smith. If at first, the actor laughs, he will end up going on stage a few seconds later to give him a big slap. If the people present in the room think that this is a sketch, it is ultimately nothing. After receiving the Oscar for best actor, Will Smith burst into tears and confirmed in his speech that it was a real fit of anger. Since then, the video has gone around the world causing a wave of reactions on social networks. If some defend the gesture of the actor, others condemn it. Will Smith therefore decided, this Monday, March 28, to speak on Instagram.

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“I crossed the line and I was wrong”

The actor posted a text on a black background to publicly apologize to Chris Rock and deliver a message about violence in general: “Violence in all its forms is toxic and destructive. My behavior at the Oscars yesterday was unacceptable and inexcusable. Jokes at my expense are part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s condition was too much for me to bear and I reacted emotionally. He continues: “I want to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I overstepped the mark and I was wrong. I am embarrassed and my actions are not representative of the man I want to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness. Chris Rock has not yet reacted to Will Smith’s message.

In this publication, the star of “I am a legend” also wanted to apologize to the Academy: “I also want to apologize to the Academy, the producers of the show, all the participants and of all viewers around the world. Indeed, his act could lead to serious consequences since the Academy has launched an official review to follow up on the incident. He may never be able to attend the ceremony again or lose his Oscar. One thing is nevertheless certain, this slap will remain engraved in the memories.

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