Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Will Smith Says He Didn’t Apologize to Chris Rock in Speech for Oscar Slap Because “I was fogged out”


Four months after he slapped Chris Rock during the Oscars telecast, Will Smith finally has something to say. He’s posted a video to Instagram — in the most difficult way to disseminate — in which he really doesn not make the situation better.

Smith was suspended from the Motion Picture Academy for 10 years for the slap. His career is in the toilet. Apple does not know what to do with a very expensive release called “Emancipation.” Everything is up in the air. Smith is a pariah. Does this video help? You tell me.

There’s a certain arrogance in the way this was done. It’s all scripted. Smith is not being interviewed by an objective party. He controls the narrative. Nothing else can be asked or explored. Consider that.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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