They were expected to arrive less than twenty-four hours after the incident, which everyone is talking about in Hollywood. Actor Will Smith apologized via Instagram on Monday, March 28 to comedian Chris Rock, whom he beat on the Oscar stage the day before after a joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.
“My behavior last night at the Oscars was unacceptable and unforgivable. Jokes at my expense are part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s health problem was too much for me and I reacted emotionally.”
“I want to publicly apologize to you, Chris. What I did was inappropriate and I was wrong. I’m embarrassed and my actions do not represent the man I want to be. Violence has no place in a world of Love and kindness. ”
It was a joke by Chris Rock about the shaved head of Jada Pinkett Smith, who suffers from alopecia – a disease that causes significant hair loss, which she revealed to suffer from a few years ago – which triggered the scandal. Will Smith then went on stage and beat him. “Keep my wife’s name out of your fucking mouth!” »launches the 53-year-old actor twice, once back in the chair.
This apology from Will Smith comes shortly after the Academy of Oscars announced the opening of an internal investigation into this incident. It will examine the follow – up to be given to the case with regard to its “California Rules and Law”. ” The Academy condemns Mr. Smith’s actions in yesterday’s show “writes the organization in a press release.
Chris Rock did not file a complaint
What is the risk that Will Smith was crowned “Best Actor” a little later for his role in Williams method ? Some have called on the Oscar academy to withdraw his award.
Actress Whoopi Goldberg, one of the academy’s trustees, thought that would not be the case. “There will be consequences, I’m sure, but I do not think that’s what they want to do, especially since Chris Rock said he would not bring charges.”, she said on television. Nor at the criminal level does there currently appear to be any prosecution due to lack of complaint from Chris Rock, Los Angeles police said Sunday night.
Will Smith would therefore only subject himself to disciplinary sanctions, which according to the Academy’s Code of Conduct may vary from a simple reprimand to expulsion.
The first punishment inflicted on the actor came from social networks, where many condemned the violence he showed. The strongest condemnation came from American actress and director Judd Apatow in a tweet he later deleted, but comedian Mia Farrow took up: Will Smith “could have killed him. He simply lost control of his anger and violence (…). He lost his mind. »
San Francisco Golden State Warriors star basketball player Stephen Curry said he “still in shock, just like everyone else”.
For British author Bernardine Evaristo, whose father is Nigerian, Will Smith missed an opportunity to be an example, especially for African Americans: while he is not “that the fifth black man in almost a hundred years to win an Oscar for a title role and the first in sixteen years, [il] resort to violence instead of using the power of words to defeat Chris Rock “she condemned on Twitter. “And then he invokes God and the love that would have made him do this”she was still paralyzed.
Richard Williams, father of tennis champions Serena and Venus Williams, who Will Smith embodies in his film, let it be known through his son’s voice that he “did not approve of violence against anyone”according to NBC TV.
Will Smith first apologized to the academy on Sunday, saying it in tears “Love makes you do crazy things”while condemning “people who do not respect you”.
Rapper Sean “Sheep” Combs assured Sunday after the ceremony that the two men had passed on this bloodbath. “This is not a problem. It’s over. I can confirm it”told Diddy to the gossip side. Page six.
” Everything is fine “confirmed shortly after, to variety, Will Smith himself. The actor escaped Oscar’s press room after receiving his trophy.
However, some celebrities have given their support to Will Smith. Former One Direction singer Liam Payne responded to reporters: ‘I think that no matter what he did, he had the right to do. »
The elected Democrat in Massachusetts, Ayanna Pressley, who also suffers from alopecia, thanked him in a tweet since deleted. “Congratulations to all the men who defend their wives with alopecia in the face of ignorance and everyday insults”, she had written. Will Smith was also defended by actress Tiffany Haddish: “That’s what your husband should do, right?” Protect you “she told the magazine People.