Written by: Khalif Thompson
Will Smith has finally apologized for the iconic slap that occurred earlier this year at the Oscars.
Will Smith came to YouTube to apologize to comedian Chris Rock and answer fans' pressing questions.
He began by explaining why he did not apologize to Chris Rock when he collected his Academy Award:
“I was fogged out at that point it’s all fuzzy.”
In the same session, he apologized to Rock for the first time on camera:
“I will say to you Chris I apologize to you, my behavior was unacceptable and I’m here whenever you’re ready to talk.”
The Hollywood actor also apologized to his family, particularly his wife, Jada, and his children:
“I’m sorry babe and I want to say sorry to my kids and my family for the heat that I brought on to all of us.”
Smith then proceeded to apologize to fellow Oscar contenders:
“To all my fellow nominees, it’s like a won because of you, you voted for me and it really breaks my heart to have stolen and tarnished your moment, I can still see Questlove’s eyes it happened on Questlove’s award and it’s like I’m sorry isn’t really sufficient.”
Smith apologized via a press statement in March, months before making this public apology.
He has apologized for punching Chris Rock for his remark about his wife, Jada Pinkett-Smith.
The event drew comments from the Academy Awards and important personalities such as Richard Williams, the father of Venus and Serena Williams, whom Smith portrayed in his Best Actor triumph.
The compassion and empathy offered to Smith by the hip-hop community is telling.