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.