Will Smith has apologized to Chris Rock for his actions at the Oscars. That was one hell of a situation.
There were other ways that Will Smith could have taken the situation that didn’t involve slapping Rock. You can support the people you love with bad and tasteless jokes without getting into violence.
In his apology, Smith makes it very clear that what he did was uncalled for, saying, “Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive.” He goes on to say:
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.