Will Smith posted an apology to Chris Rock, the Academy, and the world today, on Instagram.
But what are the consequences for the slap seen ’round the world? How much rationalizing can one person do? This is unclear. Keep in mind, he didn’t go home after the show. He went out and celebrated his Oscar.
No joke warranted Smith’s response.
In the meantime, here’s what he has to say:
“Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive. My behavior at last night’s Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable. Jokes at my expense are a part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s medical condition was too much for me to bear and I reacted emotionally.
“I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong. I am embarrassed 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.
“I would also like to apologize to the Academy, the producers of the show, all the attendees and everyone watching around the world. I would like to apologize to the Williams Family and my King Richard Family. I deeply regret that my behavior has stained what has been an otherwise gorgeous journey for all of us.
I am a work in progress.